A Week of New York Jazz at UCSB: masterclass with saxophonist Walter Blanding

Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

Saxophonist Walter Blanding, of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will give a masterclass with students from the UCSB Jazz Combos on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 4-5:45 p.m. in Geiringer Hall. Presented by the UCSB Department of Music and UCSB Arts & Lectures. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Mr. Blanding will perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that same evening at 8 p.m. at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Tickets can be purchased on the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

About Walter Blanding

Walter Blanding was born into a musical family on August 14, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio. He began playing the saxophone at age six and by age 16, he was performing regularly with his parents at the Village Gate. Blanding attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts and continued his studies at the New School for Social Research where he earned a B.F.A. in 2005. His 1991 debut release, Tough Young Tenors, was acclaimed as one of the best jazz albums of the year, and his artistry began to impress listeners and critics alike. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1998 and has performed, toured and/or recorded with his own groups and with such renowned artists as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Hilton Ruiz, Count Basie Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Isaac Hayes, and many others. Blanding lived in Israel for four years and had a major impact on the music scene while touring the country with his own ensemble and with U.S. artists such as Louis Hayes, Eric Reed, Vanessa Rubin, and others invited to perform there. He taught music in several Israeli schools and eventually opened his own private school in Tel Aviv. During this period, Newsweek International called him a “Jazz Ambassador to Israel.”

About the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Led by trumpet player, composer and Santa Barbara favorite Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is made up of 15 of today’s leading musicians. The resident orchestra for more than 25 years in one of the nation’s most distinguished jazz venues, JLCO has earned a reputation for remarkable versatility. Their vast repertoire spans from masterworks by Ellington, Mingus and Coltrane to original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash and other orchestra members. Also commissioning new works from today’s leading composers like Chico O’Farrill and Christian McBride, JLCO captures the full spectrum of the jazz experience on an unparalleled scope.

Walter Blanding