Incredible Jazz Lineup – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Incredible Jazz Lineup

There will be no shortage of rhythm in town when trumpeter Bob Masteller ’60 and his band of jazz musicians descend upon Geneva, August 1-3, to host a jazz festival on the campus of his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With him, Masteller will bring a dynamic ensemble, led by two-time SAMMY Award nominee and former HWS voice instructor Tish Oney. She and Masteller will be joined by drummer Joel Carberry, vibraphonist Brian Murphy, pianist Dave Solazzo, bassist Bill Kahl, trombonist Alexander Scheeren ’60 and Bill Atwell on vibraphone and bass. A horn and vibes player, Masteller has been bringing jazz to campus since 1956, when he started a series of jazz groups on campus as a student. His life-long love of jazz led him to become president and co-owner of The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, S.C., known as one of the leading jazz venues in the country. Born in Pittsburgh, Scheeren’s talent for music was quickly realized when he studied the violin at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He later took up the trombone and the fiddle, both of which he played throughout the years in various musical groups, including the ROTC marching band and Masteller’s Hobart jazz band. Joining the pair on familiar ground is Virginia-native and Professor Emeritus of Asian Languages, Bill Atwell. Inspired by the works of jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, Atwell took up the trumpet at age 12 and valve trombone at 14. Though he put performing on hold during his 30-year teaching career, his love of music was rejuvenated while teaching in Geneva, where he immersed himself in the local music scene and played with the Colleges’ big band. SAMMY nominatee for “Best Jazz Recording” and “Best Jazz Vocalist,” Tish Oney has performed with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and Nancy Wilson. She was the featured soloist in the PBS broadcast performance, “We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song,” and has performed in Rome, Moscow, New York, Las Vegas, San Diego and Honolulu. She earned a doctorate in jazz studies at The University of Southern California’s renowned Thornton School of Music. A rock ‘n roll guitarist turned jazz percussionist, Joel Carberry has been performing since the age of eight. He has opened for acts like Orleans, Tommy Conwell & The Young Ramblers and the British rock band, Marillion. Carberry studied jazz with Steve Houghton, Effrain Torro and Richie Garcia and has recorded and performed with the Ithaca Ageless Jazz Band. He can be heard on the Jazz Carpenters/Rhythm Conspiracy Project’s “Three Windows,” A.K.A. Album’s “Four By Five,” 3D E.P’s “3D” and on Phil Smock’s contemporary folk/light rock album. A seasoned bass player, Bill Kahl has performed all over New York State with the Murphy & Losito quartet, Ageless Jazz band, X-ray big band, Salt City Collective and Duvid Smering & Jazz, Inc. Kahl has made appearances at the New York State Fair and the New York State Wine Festival. A graduate and former faculty member of the Berklee College of Music, Brian Murphy studied jazz at the Eastman School of Music. His commissioned pieces have been played around the world, from Sydney and Berlin to Rio de Janeiro and Nuremburg. Jazz fans may recognize him as the vibraphonist on Nancy Kelly’s “Singing & Swinging,” Jazz Carpenters’ “Three Windows” and Jerry Bresee’s “Lifeline.” Additionally, Murphy played the piano and drums on Sgro Brothers’ “Pop Classics,” “Gospel Classics” and “Pop Favorites.” Tickets for the festival are $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or $35 for both days. In addition, Sunday brunch and jazz will be $25, by reservation only. Call the Office of Summer Operations at (315) 781-3103 to reserve your tickets or purchase them locally at St. Peter’s Church, Genesee Street; HWS Conferences and Events Office, 616 S. Main St.; Pedulla’s and Irene’s Coffee House, both in Town & Country Plaza – Geneva Centre. Tickets are $5 off if purchased by Friday, July 25, and students receive a 50 percent discount with a valid I.D. All proceeds from the festival, which Masteller hopes to make an annual event, will benefit St. Peter’s Arts Academy, a children’s music program in Geneva that is dedicated to teaching the visual and performing arts. More information is available online at