Jazz Greats Marvin Stamm and Bill Mays
To Perform At U. T. Dallas on Jan. 21

RICHARDSON, Texas (Dec. 15, 2004) — Jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bill Mays will perform in concert in the Conference Center at The University of Texas at Dallas at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21. They will be joined by Ed Soph on drums and John Adams on bass.

Stamm and Mays have been praised by many jazz publications including Downbeat magazine, which raved that “Stamm has a gorgeous tone on the trumpet and flugelhorn,” and Jazz Times, which called Mays “one of the masters of color and touch among today’s pianists.” Stamm and Mays regularly appear in concert as a duo. The two released an album, By Ourselves, in November 2000. Mays has played on a variety of movie scores, including Gremlins, Rocky, Fargo, Interview with a Vampire, Gods and Monsters and The Lady Killers, and has received performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, PennPAT, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Bill Mays
Bill Mays, Piano
Marvin Stamm
Marvin Stamm, Trumpets

Soph, associate professor of jazz studies at the University of North Texas (UNT), is an acclaimed musician, author and teacher. He wrote The Big Band Primer, Essential Techniques for Drumset, and Musical Time. Soph has presented master classes throughout Europe, New Zealand, the Mideast, the Far East and Australia. He is the drummer for the Marvin Stamm Quartet, which produced the Stamm/Soph Project in November 2000.

Adams has played bass with the Dallas Symphony Pops, the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Ballet. He was a professor at UNT for 10 years. Adams currently performs at a variety of special events throughout Dallas with his trio or sextet. The John Adams Group recently released a live album. Adams’ debut album, Jump Shot , released in 1996, features Stamm, Mays and Soph.

More information about the concert can be found at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0405/marvstamm.htm

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu, or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ Web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.