"William 'Prof' Fielder Memorial Concert: A Jazz Trumpet Celebration" set for tonight

Orrin EvansThe Third Annual William "Prof" Fielder Memorial Concert, A Jazz Trumpet Celebration, is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Nicholas Music Center. Pianist and Mason Gross alum Orrin Evans is a featured guest artist for the event, which honors the late and beloved jazz trumpet professor, who died in 2009.

Other participants include the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble and Mason Gross Jazz faculty members Ralph Bowen on saxophone, Stanley Cowell on piano, Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Kenny Davis on bass and Conrad Herwig on trombone. Several Mason Gross alums and other special guests are expected. Past guests have included Fielder students Wynton Marsalis, Sean Jones and Terell Stafford.

The program will include Ralph Peterson's The Art of War, Evans' Captain Black and Big Jimmy, as well as a trumpet feature on Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust.

Tickets are $10 for the general public as well as for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors, $5 for students. Nicholas Music Center is at 85 George St. at Route 18 on the Douglass Campus, New Brunswick. Tickets are available by calling 732-932-7511.

Media inquiries: Laurie Granieri, 732-932-7591, ext. 516.

About William "Prof" Fielder
Professor Fielder, known as “Prof” to his students, joined the Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department in 1980 and remained on the faculty until his death in 2009. Fielder, with equalWilliam "Prof" Fielder command over jazz and classical genres, performed with many of the biggest names in jazz and popular music, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Slide Hampton, B.B. King, Dinah Washington and Kenny Burrell. As a classical performer, he appeared with many ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Symphony, and worked on the CD and video of Baroque Duet with Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis. Fielder holds both a B.A. and M.A. from the American Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Adolph Herseth and Vincent Cichowicz, who were principal and second trumpets of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As talented as he was as a performer, Fielder had an even greater impact as a master teacher. His students include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Sean Jones and Terell Stafford. Often when the success of his students was brought to his attention, Fielder would caution against complacency, saying: “Never be satisfied, be gratified.”