Bates College to present pianist, funk band in Winter Jazz Fest

Winter Jazz Fest, a concert featuring one of Maine’s best-known jazz pianists and a Bates College student band, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at Bates College, 75 Russell St.

The Winter Jazz Fest features the Thomas Snow Quartet, led by Maine pianist Tom Snow, and C-Funk, a group composed of Bates students. Admission is $6. Tickets are available at www.batestickets.com. For more information, please contact 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.

Snow is one of New England’s most versatile and sought-after musicians. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Berklee College of Music. He has recorded on the Telarc and Origin labels and has three CDs as a leader: Northern Standard Time (1997), Christmas at Mast Cove (2001) and Some Other Time (2007). He directs the Bates Jazz Band and has been a lecturer at the college since 2003.

Snow’s career has included international tours, including travel in Australia and throughout the United States with noted Irish tenor John McNally, and engagements at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Amelia Island, Fla., Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the Mount Washington Grand Resort. The other members of the quartet are saxophonist Matt Langley, bassist Rick McLaughlin and drummer Phil McGowan.

C-Funk’s members are Bates seniors Dan Arsnow (Lynnfield, Mass.), Alberto Means (Marietta, Ga.) Nick Salcido (Malvern, Pa.) and Billy Kenny (Stratham, N.H.); junior Alex Koster (Pound Ridge, N.Y.); and sophomores Adam Dolin (West Hartford, Conn.) and Jack Schneider (Takoma Park, Md.).

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