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Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet, Joins UWM Jazz Ensembles for May Concert

The UWM Youth Jazz Ensembles I & II and UWM Jazz Ensemble, with special guest artist Wayne Bergeron, will perform on Friday, May 7, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. Bergeron, a Los Angeles-based trumpeter, is known for his work in TV, the movies, and with big bands. The concert takes place in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard. Admission is $8 general, $5 students and seniors. For tickets and information call the Peck School of the Arts Box Office, 414-229-4308. Curt Hanrahan, director of the jazz program in the Department of Music, describes Bergeron’s appearance as “a rare chance for UWM music students to work with one the most prolific trumpet players in the current world of jazz culture.” The students will be playing compositions from Bergeron’s new, Grammy-nominated CD. Bergeron, according to Hanrahan, is the “most well-known trumpet player that you’ve heard but never heard about.” Wayne Bergeron enjoys a career as one of the most active players on the LA scene with a full schedule of studio dates, international touring, clinics and work on some of the hottest movies and television projects today. In 1986 Wayne landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as Body & Soul, Big Bop Nouveau and Brass Attitude. According to Ferugson, “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.” Bergeron’s first solo Big Band CD, You Call This a Living?, earned him a recent Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and features such renowned jazz musicians as Pete Christlieb, Peter Erskine, Andy Martin, Eric Marienthal, Bill Reichenbach and Alan Pasqua. Bergeron’s passion for big band music has led to performances with some of LA’s most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Pat Williams, Gordon Goodwin, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Bill Elliott, Chris Walden, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous and Bob Curnow. As a sideman Bergeron has been involved with hundreds of CD projects with popular and jazz recording artists. Bergeron has worked on over 250 TV and motion picture soundtracks. His most recent film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean, Paycheck, Legally Blonde 2, Along Came Polly, and Catch Me if You Can, and his trumpet solos can be heard on High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Mask, Drowning Mona, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Norma Jean and Marilyn, Aladdin King of Thieves, Return of Jafar, Foolproof and Two Days in the Valley. Bergeron is currently on the staff of California State University-Northridge. Demand for his skills as a clinician/soloist has taken him to different parts of the globe. He annually performs in Switzerland at the Aarau Jazz festival and has toured Japan as a guest soloist. In 1999, to celebrate Duke Ellington’s birthday, Bergeron had the honored role of lead trumpeter and soloist for the Ellington Legacy Orchestra tour in Switzerland