Release Date: August 29, 2002
Vibraphonist Samuels Set for ASU Appearance Sept. 4
World-renowned vibraphonist Dave Samuels, who was associated with Spyro Gyra for 17 years, will perform on the campus of Angelo State University Wednesday, Sept. 4.
His clinic and concert will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Modular Theater of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena. The concert is open free to the public.
Samuel's distinct musical personality has established him as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh sound and creative approach to both vibraphone and marimba. His versatility has gained him worldwide recognition as well as performances and recordings with a broad array of artists, including Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley Band, Spyro Gyra and the Caribbean Jazz Project.
His association with Spyro Gyra lasted from 1977 to 1994 and included 20 recordings. During that time, the Grammy-nominated group was named No. 1 Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Group of the 80's by Billboard magazine.
Born in Chicago, Samuels began playing drums and piano at age six. While attending college he combined his interests in drums and keyboards to focus on vibes and marimba. He first gained international exposure in 1974 as a member of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet. Over the ensuing years he co-founded, recorded and toured with three different avant-garde groups: Double Image, Gallery and the Skylight Trio.
Throughout his career, Samuels has been recognized by fans and critics alike for his quality performances and recordings. His awards include being voted "Best Vibes Player" in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer magazines and receiving numerous Grammy nominations.
He is currently performing and recording with his group the Caribbean Jazz Project. The group's most recent CD, "New Horizons," is available on the Concord Picante label. Other recent recording projects include "Remembrances," a percussion recording that features a commissioned marimba concerto for chamber orchestra and soloist composed by Jeff Beal, and "Duotones," a recording celebrating 20 years of performance with Double Image, the original vibraphone and marimba duo with Samuels and David Friedman.
In addition to his playing, Samuels is a respected educator and author and some of his new works can be found at MalletWorks.com and JazzBooks.com. Samuels is sponsored by Yamaha, Malletech and Zildjian.