The Star Valley Arts Council will host an “Evening of Jazz” on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in the Thayne Community Center. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
The evening includes a catered, sit-down meal with dinner music provided by bassoonist Alan Goodman of Bedford and oboist and composer Jerry Singleton of Star Valley Ranch. After dinner, Goodman, on the saxophone, will be joined by jazz pianist Dr. Anthony “Tony” Saladino of Jackson Hole and double bassist Bert Wolfley of Grover to play some jazzy tunes for dancing.
Each of these local musicians comes with professional education and musical performance history.
Singleton studied the oboe and received his musical education at the Eastman School of Music. He and his wife recently retired full-time to Star Valley Ranch.
Goodman is an alumni of the Music Academy of the West. He began as a musician in New York and then spent over 30 years in L.A. and was the principal bassoonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a published author several times over with a quick wit and self-described irreverent humor.
Dr. Saladino was formerly Professor of Music for the University of the Tetons Music Conservatory in Jackson Hole, as well as the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, and West Valley College in Saratoga, CA. He has performed and conducted at the White House for the King of Nepal and performed locally for President Bill Clinton in Jackson Hole in 1995. He was also featured on the Raquel Welch show in San Francisco in 1975. He has done several New York performances over the last two decades in restaurants and jazz clubs. Another fun fact: He was the piano instructor for Harrison Ford for Ford’s part in “Regarding Henry,” back in 1990.
Bert Wolfley is a native-born Star Valley resident and an avid runner and bicyclist. He has participated in several local marathons and placed second last year in the Swift Creek 5K. Wolfley learned to play the double bass in the local school orchestra and then went on to study at the University of Wyoming. He currently plays with the Idaho State Civic Symphony. Wolfley mainly studied classical music and expanded into jazz repertoire when he and Goodman started playing jazz together. They debuted at a local Christmas concert in 2011. Wolfley and Saladino were recently introduced and first played together at a Jackson Hole jazz concert in the fall of last year.
Tickets for the evening are $25 each and include a meal choice of stuffed pasta or roasted beef. Tickets will not be available at the door and must be purchased in advance before Feb. 1. They can be purchased online at www.starvalleyarts.org or in person at Paperworks Plus in Thayne or Swift Creek Trading in Afton.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Star Valley Arts Council’s 2013 Season of the Arts.
Comments and questions can be directed to the arts council email at [email protected]