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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Jazz Studies Program has lined up a series of jazz concerts this fall at the campus, 900 Wood Road.

Among the musicians performing at UW-Parkside are Racine native Gerald Cannon, bass player, along with performances by Christine Fawsom, Ralph Alessi and Tomeka Reid.

Up first at noon Friday (Sept. 20) is trumpet player and composer Alessi and his quintet, featuring Jon Irabagon (saxophone), Andy Milne (piano), Drew Gress (bass) and Mark Ferber (drums).

Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions, which draw on everything from post-bop to neo-classical music.

Alessi is an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Nevada-Reno as well as the director of the School for Improvisational Music. More information about Alessi is available online at www.ralphalessi.com. Friday noon concerts in Bedford Concert Hall are free and open to the public.

The Friday Noon Concert Series continues Sept. 27 with the Christine Fawson Quartet playing in Bedford Concert Hall.

Vocalist and trumpeter Fawson was a member of the brass faculty at Berklee College of Music from 2003 to 2017 and was also a finalist in the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition. She relocated to New Mexico, where she has performed for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, Santa Fe Music Collective, and more. Read more about her at www.christinefawson.com.

Jazz bassist Cannon will perform 3 p.m. on Sept. 29. Born in Racine, Cannon studied jazz bass, classical bass and piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and also studied art at Marquette University. He carries the knowledge passed onto him by legendary bassists such as Ray Brown, Sam Jones, Ron Carter and Buster Williams and continues the legacy by conducting master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In addition to the concert, Cannon will host a masterclass in Bedford Concert Hall at 2 p.m on Sept 27. These two events are sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin Hearing Center and are free and open to the public. Read more at www.cannonmusicnart.com.

Reid, a cellist, composer and educator, will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Recently described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, Reid emerged from Chicago’s jazz and improvised music community over the last decade.

Now based in New York, she has been featured in many ensembles over the years. No tickets are required for this free performance. Read more at www.tomekareid.net.

To find out more about upcoming music performances in The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities at UW-Parkside, visit the Rita webpage, www.uwp.edu/therita/musicperformances.cfm.

All performances are held in Bedford Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted.

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