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Date: March 6, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Celebrate ‘An Evening of Jazz’ at Montgomery College
Faculty, Friends Concert to Raise Funds for Student Music Scholarships, March 23

EDITORS: For high resolution images to accompany this release, please click on these links: Mari.jpg and Trask.jpg.

    In honor of the students at Montgomery College, local jazz musicians and Montgomery College music faculty will perform “An Evening of Jazz,” a gala concert celebration to raise scholarship funds for music students, on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at the College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. Tickets will not be sold for this concert, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the music department’s student scholarship fund.

    Vocalist L’Tanya Mari and saxophonist Perry Conticchio will join an ensemble of Montgomery College music professors for this performance. A resident of Virginia, Mari teaches music to students throughout the Washington metropolitan area. On stage, she performs traditional standards, Brazilian tunes and modern selections, plus different subgenres of jazz, blues, and Latin fusion in concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She also records with East Coast jazz musicians and ensembles, and tours with her own jazz duo and band. She has a bachelor’s degree in music business from Howard University and a master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of the Arts.

    Conticchio studied at Miami University of Ohio and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to Washington, D.C., he has performed with Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, and Sam Rivers and at local cultural events and venues such as the DC Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Blues Alley, and One Step Down. He currently leads the Perry Conticchio Quartet and Bassment Breaks, which keep very busy touring schedules. He has also released three cds of his work, including his most recent, “Speak Your Truth,” which has received positive reviews for its composition and improvisational elements.

    The ensemble will be led by Professor Alvin Trask, trumpet instructor and jazz coordinator at Montgomery College. A Louisiana native, Trask got his first big break with the Tony Kelley Royal Ambassador Big Band. During a break in graduate school, he studied and performed at the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz Festival in Italy. He has since studied with Eddie Henderson, Fred Irby and Webster Young and received training at Hartford University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Eastman School of Music. Professor Trask earned a bachelor of music in classical trumpet performance from Louisiana State University and a master of music from Howard University.

    The Montgomery College Music Department presents the music scholarship gala concert each year to raise funds for student scholarships. The Montgomery College music department is the only community college music program in the state of Maryland that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information about the jazz concert, call 301-279-5209 or visit

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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