Holiday jazz concert at Pequot Library

Pequot presents A Winter Wonderland Holiday Jazz concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 2-3:30 p.m.

The seasonal jazz will be performed by Dr. Rex Cadwallader, piano; Steve Moran, saxophones and flute; and Mike Asetta, on bass. Music presented by Emmy-award winning composer, Rex Cadawallader and other Connecticut jazz stars.

Tickets sales directly support the programs and services at Pequot Library. Tickets are $20 in advance online at pequotlibrary.org or $25 each, at the door. The concert is free for children 12 and under.

Dr. Rex Cadwallader and friends present an afternoon concert of Christmas and holiday-season music for the whole family. Featuring such standards as The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as beloved classics Silver Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, and White Christmas.

Cadwallader is a noted jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He received an Emmy Award in 1999 for his original score for The Connecticut River: A Journey through Time, a Connecticut Public Television Special, and an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his score for Connecticut for All Seasons, another CPTV presentation. He has received composition and performance awards from Downbeat magazine, compositional study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has published over sixty compositions for big band, jazz combo and vocal jazz ensembles.

His compositions for big band, small jazz ensemble, and vocal jazz ensemble have been recorded worldwide, including recordings by the Tokyo Big Band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, and the Austin Big Band, and university and college big bands throughout the United States.

He is chair of the Performing Arts Department at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut, and he has served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington, Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, at Marlborough College in Marlborough, England, at Southern Connecticut State University and at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, where he continues to teach jazz piano.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 15.

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