SCRANTON — Performance Music at The University of Scranton will feature a concert by the Joseph Boga Octet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Led by trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Joseph Boga, a Chinchilla native, the octet also includes accomplished New York City jazz musicians Will Reardon Anderson, alto sax; Xavier Del Castillo, tenor sax; Rob Edwards, trombone; Anthony Orji, bass clarinet; Nate Sparks, piano; Mat Muntz, bass, and Paul Wells, drums.
Among the ensemble’s more recent gigs was a week-long engagement at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
A 2014 graduate of The Juilliard School, Boga is equally adept playing in both the jazz and classical genres. He has performed at a number of high-profile venues in the United States and abroad.
In addition to the octet, Boga performs regularly with James Langton and the New York All-Star Big Band, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Professor Adrian Cunningham and His Old School and The Kyle Athayde Dance Party. He has also played with the The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, Septet and Big Band, Loren Schoenberg and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All- Stars and Phil Woods and Rick Chamberlain’s Deerhead Inn Big Band. Michael Feinstein and Nellie McKay are among the notable artists he has backed.
As a classical musician, Boga has soloed with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Bucknell University Wind Ensemble and the Scranton Brass Orchestra, and has performed with brass quintets and orchestras throughout the New York tri-state area. He is a member of the Mark Gould-led New York Trumpet Ensemble, and in March he performed Louis Andriessen’s “De Materie” with The International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel.
Boga has composed and arranged for brass orchestra, jazz octet, jazz combo, big band and string orchestra. He often returns to his hometown to perform and lead clinics and master classes at the university. Meanwhile, he has served on the faculty of the Scranton Brass Seminar, the Juilliard Jazz Camp in Atlanta and the Sitka Jazz Festival in Alaska, and has offered a clinic at COTA CampJazz, part of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts’ educational outreach offerings.
For more information, contact Performance Music at The University of Scranton by calling 570-941-7624, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting scranton.edu/music. For more information on Boga, visit josephboga.com.
Information provided by The University of Scranton.