Todd Wright's Valentine's Evening
Where will you spend Feb. 14? Those in the know make the annual jazz concert at Appalachian State University their Valentine's Day tradition.
Joining saxophonist Wright, who directs the Hayes School of Music’s jazz studies program, are guitarist Andy Page, pianist Keith McCutchen, bass player Joe Crosswell and drummer Rick Dilling.
The program for the evening includes many romantic favorites, such as “What is This Thing Called Love,” “Funny Valentine,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Be My Love.”
Other compositions on the program are “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” I’ll be Seeing You” and “Nice Work if You can Get It.”
Todd Wright earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Pikeville College (KY) and then entered Appalachian State University where he earned the Master of Music and Education Specialist Degrees. He also has a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of South Florida. Todd Wright is in demand as a saxophonist and often serves as a clinician leading workshops of jazz improvisation. In addition, Wright adjudicates at contests and festivals. He also leads lectures on jazz history.
As a studio musician, Wright can be heard on numerous recordings. His own debut recording, Begonia, was released in 1995, and Christmas Time Is Here followed in 1998. In 2001, Reflections, a duo collaboration with New York recording artist Frank Kimbrough at the piano, was released. Wearing the hat of both a performer and educator, Wright was chosen for the Outstanding Teacher Award in the School of Music for the 1996-1997 school year. In 1998, he was presented with the prestigious Aegis Community Service Award by the Appalachian Black Faculty and Staff Council. In addition, the North Carolina Arts Council awarded Wright with a music fellowship in recognition of original compositions by North Carolina jazz composers. He had entered into the competition original works from the Begonia CD.