New York clarinetist Ron Odrich will pay tribute to the memory of good friend Buddy DeFranco and reflect on the inspiration of jazz legend Benny Goodman in the performance Buddy and Benny. The program will include tunes that Odrich played in concert with DeFranco, who was a friend, teacher and mentor.
Joining Odrich will be a rhythm section made up of Kansas City’s finest jazz musicians and KU School of Music jazz faculty.
The theme for ClarinetFest 2016 centers around the 5 clarinetists who encouraged the creation of so much of the clarinet repertoire. From the 18th-century Anton Stadler; from the 19th-century Heinrich Baermann, Johann Hermstedt, and Richard Mūhlfeld; and Benny Goodman from the 20th-century. All inspired the leading composers of their day to write for the clarinet. In addition to performances of some of the music they inspired, there will be opportunities to learn more about their lives and circumstances.
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.