CATRIN FINCH CENTRE

 

CATRIN FINCH CENTRE

GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY

MOLD ROAD

WREXHAM

LL11 2AW

Commencing 8.30pm

Admission £8,

Concessions £7,

School Children and

Students' Union members £3

 

Advance booking available 

For further information telephone

01745 812260 

A recording artist, writer, educator and performer, Corey Christiansen has played and

taught in literally every type of situation around the globe for the last decade.

His first CD as a leader, Awakening, was the initial release on Mel Bay Records

in 2004 and received critical acclaim throughout the jazz community.

Growing up in a musical family, Corey spent much of his youth learning the guitar

after being introduced to the instrument by his father at the age of five. With a

bachelor’s degree from Utah State University Corey left for Tampa, Florida to study

with legendary jazz guitar educator, Jack Petersen, whose teaching duties he took

over a year after earning his master’s degree from the University of South Florida.

Corey's standing as a player and producer was boosted in 2006 when he teamed up

with an all-star band featuring fellow guitarists Vic Juris and Jimmy Bruno, legendary

drummer Danny Gottlieb and first-call New York bassist, Jay Anderson, to record

MB3: Jazz Hits Vol. 1 which spent three weeks as the number one recording on North

American jazz radio.

A guitarist of international renown, Corey has gone on to perform and record with

many outstanding jazz artists including James Moody, George Duke,

Christian McBride, Eric Alexander, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua,

Jeff Coffin, John Pisano, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many, many others.

Returning to his native Utah in 2007 Corey became Director of Curriculum for The

Music School, a privately funded music program outside Salt Lake City. During this

time he continued an extremely active touring schedule, playing all over the US and

Europe, and signed with Origin Records. By the end of February 2008 he had

released Roll With It, followed by Outlaw Tractor. With a style that is rooted in the

tradition of the jazz language but just bluesy and gritty enough to appeal to wider

audiences, All About Jazz called Corey's debut for Origin records, “one of the most

satisfying soul-jazz recordings of the year.”

Recognized as one of the world's pre-eminent jazz guitarists and author of a number

of books for Mel Bay Publications, in 2008 Corey began teaching at Utah State

University and the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, all the while

continuing a busy touring and recording schedule and bringing a wealth of real-world

musical experiences to the classroom.

For this North Wales Jazz Concert Corey Christiansen will be joined by guitarists

ADRIAN INGRAM, TREFOR OWEN and ANDY HULME,

plus BILL COLEMAN (double bass) and ANDY BOLD (drums).