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For Immediate Release
January 9, 2013

For more information, contact
Stuart Soloway
(585) 395-2797

Mike Kaupa Quartet Warms Up a Cold Winter’s Night with Hot Jazz

Quartet Replaces Po’ Boys Brass Band on Fine Arts Series

Press Release Photo Mike Kaupa

Brockport, NY – Mike Kaupa is a jazz veteran who has worked with the likes of Mel Tormé and Ray Charles. He and his quartet will warm up a cold winter’s night when they take the stage on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 7:30 pm, replacing the originally announced Po’ Boys Brass Band. The concert will take place at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Ticket prices are $15/General, $10/Seniors, College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.

Kaupa has toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Since 2001 he has been a member of the faculty at the annual Seminario de Jazz, in Barcelona, Spain. He has been associated with the Taller de Musics school in Barcelona since 1983 and recorded there with the group Onix. In addition to Tormé and Charles, he has performed with Jorge Rossy, Ben Monder, Mark Murphy, Gary Bartz, Luciana Souza, Ed Howard, Joe Locke, Bruce Barth and Steve Gadd.

He currently teaches music at the Harley School in Rochester and teaches jazz trumpet and small ensembles at the Eastman School of Music summer jazz program. He has also been interim professor of jazz trumpet at Eastman, and he has been on the faculty of the Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp since 1998.

Appearing along with Kaupa for the Brockport concert are Chris Teal, drums; Danny Ziemann, bass; and Reuben Allen, piano. All three have attended the Eastman School of Music, and, immediately prior to this concert, Allen will have appeared in Washington, DC, where he will be performing his own arrangement of “Hoe Down” (from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo) at the official luncheon following President Obama’s inauguration.

Teaching at Harley and conducting other youth-oriented ensembles has helped Kaupa realize that “jazz is not only for the ages, but also for all ages.” Whether he is working with Grammy-winning, world-renowned artists or with younger musicians, Kaupa finds that keeping the same level of professionalism, both in rehearsal and performance, helps gain “the respect of the musicians for their leader, but also respect for the music itself,” which dovetails with the College’s recent emphasis on music studies.

More information about The College at Brockport’s Fine Arts Series can be found at or on Facebook.

-end- Photo: Mike Kaupa will appear with his quartet at The College at Brockport on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 7:30 pm. Call (585) 395-2787 for information or tickets.

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