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John Fedchock

John Fedchock, who is one of the country’s leading jazz trombonists, will perform in two concerts at Temple College Tuesday, Nov. 7.

At 12:30 p.m., Fedchock will give a free concert with the Temple College Faculty Jazz in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre. The group will play original compositions and arrangements by both Fedchock and group members, encompassing a variety of styles, including swing, fusion and Latin.

That evening, Fedchock will perform with the Temple Jazz Orchestra in a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium. The program will feature music spanning from the classic Count Basie Orchestra, to more modern sounds of Fred Sturm and Don Grolnick. It also will feature music written and arranged by Fedchock.

Fedchock’s career in jazz has spanned more than three decades. Since his emergence on the New York City jazz scene in 1980, he has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The group’s five CDs on the MAMA and Reservoir Music labels have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts.

Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Herman’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman’s last two Grammy Award-nominated albums, “50th Anniversary Tour” and “Woody’s Gold Star,” and received accolades from jazz journalists worldwide. Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band’s library.

Fedchock has also toured with T.S. Monk, the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, the Louie Bellson Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. He also performs as a solo artist throughout the United States and abroad.

Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in music education and jazz studies. He also holds a master’s degree in jazz studies and contemporary media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Fedchock is a trombone artist for XO Professional Brass and plays XO trombones exclusively. His collaboration with the prominent instrument company to create the XO1632 trombone has proven to be an overwhelming success in both innovative design and industry popularity.

Tickets for the Temple Jazz Orchestra concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase in the Fine Arts Division office and at the door.

For more information on these and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555 or visit www.templejc.edu.