‘Three for All’ Concert June 9 at 7pm!
MEET THE MUSICIANS!
LOU CAIMANO – SAXOPHONE
Lou Caimano is a saxophonist, composer, educator and administrator, and has been a working member of the Greater New York area musician’s freelance community since 1981. Lou is the composer/arranger of numerous jazz fusion, new age and commercial compositions, including CD releases Manhattan Twilight and the DYAD collaboration with Eric Olsen which includes DYAD, DYAD Plays Puccini (rated one of the Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2013 by Jazz Times Magazine), and DYAD Plays Jazz Arias. Lou’s performance credits include the Broadway orchestras of A Chorus Line, Baby, CATS, Dancin’, David Copperfield, Evita, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, Mame, Manhattan Showboat, Woman of the Year and Shrek the Musical; as well as the Saxophonist “Salaire” at Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, Musique Municipal, Orchestre de Harmonie, and the Lansing Symphony. Lou has performed on saxophone with such well-known acts as The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Mellow Kings, Gary Burton, Urbie Green, Jimmy Holmes, Arnie Lawrence, John Mahegan, Rita Moreno, Marvin Stamm, Larry Stuart, Enzo Stuarti, Clark Terry, Jerry Vale and Nancy Wilson. He has appeared in the movies “Muppets Take Manhattan” and “The Juror” and has performed on “France Inter,” the French National Radio Station. He is a Lauret Du Conservatoire De La Region De Bordeaux, France, holds Masters of Music, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University and has studied saxophone with Jean-Marie Londeix and Larry Teal, and improvisation with Phil Woods and Eric Kloss. He is the former Director of Jazz Studies, and Instructor of Saxophone, Flute, Bassoon and Theory at Bemidji State University, Assistant Director of the Improvisation Ensemble and Instructor of Saxophone for Music Educators at Michigan State University and has served as adjunct faculty for the City University of New York – QCC. Lou is the Director of The Ridgewood Conservatory, a school for the performing arts located in Paramus NJ that he founded in 1998.
BOB RODRIGUEZ – PIANO
Jazz pianist and composer Bob Rodriguez is known as one of the most distinctively imaginative musicians in contemporary jazz today. Over the years, Bob has worked with many famous artists, including Kenny Wheeler, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, and Billy Hart, and arranged for four hands with classical pianist Cathy Campbell. He has performed at such well-known jazz venues as New York’s Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, The Kitano, Cornelia Street Cafe, Trumpets, Cecil’s, and has played solo concerts at Gracie Mansion and broadcast performances on NPR in Texas, Maine and New York. As a composer/arranger, his catalog of work includes seven solo CDs. Bob was the recipient of 2007 commission by Chamber Music America to write a piece for Tina Marsh and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra. Bob attended Baldwin Wallace University, Modern Music School in Cleveland, and has studied piano/composition with Manny Albam, Richie Beirach, Jim McNeely and Roger Kellaway; and jazz piano with Hank Kaout, Bill Gidney, Phil Rizzo and Pat Pace. As an educator, Bob is a very much in demand clinician/instructor in the world of jazz and classical music education. He has been teaching jazz piano at the Turtle Bay Music School in NYC since 1989, and formerly taught at Houston H.S. for the Performing and Visual Arts. Currently, Bob teaches both jazz piano and theory to students of all ages and levels here at The Ridgewood Conservatory.
SCOT ALBERTSON – VOCALS
Scot Albertson – vocalist, performer, producer and Artistic Director of the Project 142 Concert Series – has traveled many paths since graduating from Roger Williams College…each of which have connected one path to the next. After college, Scot served over six years as a police officer for the City of Norwalk CT, segueing to a position as an Agent for the U. S. Border Patrol stationed in Arizona. Intuitively, Scot relinquished his position with the Border Patrol, which led to his becoming a highly successful small business owner in the tri-state area for 19 years. Studying voice intensively for four years with Richard Lissemore in NYC, Scot made his debut into the music community in 2005, performing at the legendary Danny’s on West 46th St. in New York City. From that debut, Scot has performed throughout the tri-state area at a myriad of venues: building an audience, releasing six self-produced CDs, and extensive performing residencies in New York City at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Kitano, Tomi Jazz, Parnell’s, and Symphony Space (four self-produced two sets with two distinct Band concerts), as well as in Connecticut at the Live Green CT Environmental Outdoor Festival. With an Irish bari-tenor voice, Scot integrates jazz, musical theater, pop, blues, folk and the great American songbook as genres to draw upon in each performance. Scot performed four Project 142 House Concerts in 2012-2013, creating a strong connection with Dick Leonard, the Founder of Project 142. Scot was hired by Dick Leonard four years ago as Artistic Director of Project 142 Concert Series, leading to its evolution from its simple beginning as the House Concert Series to its current status as a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization. For more information on both Scot and Project 142, visit www.scotalbertson.com and www.project142.org.