posted October 15, 2001

Faculty Jazz Concert Oct. 23

Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf will join members of the Hope College music faculty in a concert on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

"Jazz Times" magazine has called Weiskopf one of jazz's top five most under-rated players. His music has been described as a "dark and edgy sonic bulldozer."

A prolific writer, Weiskopf has produced nine CDs, including his latest, "Siren." Bill Cunliffe of the "L.A. Jazz Scene" has called Weiskopf "one of the greatest composers of modern jazz." Weiskopf has also published several books on jazz improvisation and the music of John Coltrane, which have been used and recommended by artists such as Michael Brecker.

After graduating from Queens College of the City University of New York, Weiskopf performed with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the Concordia Chamber Orchestra and the Gotham Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has taught and coached saxophonists at the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches at New Jersey City University.

Weiskopf will spend the day at Hope College conducting clinics for Hope music students. The Hope College Faculty Jazz Ensemble which will join him for the evening concert is led by Brian Coyle.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located on the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.