A local jazz group led by Hobart alumnus Bob Barbuto will perform jazz at St. John's Chapel.
April 11, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—The Bob Barbuto trio will perform an evening of jazz selections from their new compact disc, Shades of Jazz, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at St. John's Chapel on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Barbuto plays acoustic piano and keyboards; the other members of the trio are Dave Arenius, who plays acoustic bass, and John Dare, who plays drums.
Barbuto graduated cum laude from Hobart College in 1994, and teaches jazz piano at the Colleges. While he was a student, Barbuto majored in music and was on the dean's list. He was a Durfee Scholar twice, and received the Alumni Association Student Academic Achievement Award in the Humanities. Other performing groups he has led include Exit 41, In-Flight, and the Blue Diamond Big Band. He has also played with Nick Brignola, Jimmy Cavallo, Charlie Ventura, and Jaco Pastorious.
Arenius, of Rochester, N.Y., has backed vocalists including Michelle Hendricks, Marie Calloway, and Dena DeRose. He has played with jazz artists such as Tal Farlow and Herb Ellis, blues artists like Big Joe Turner and Mose Allison, and the big bands of Joe Salzano, Andy Jaffe, and Bill Lowe.
Dare, of Auburn, N.Y., led his own big band featuring trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. He has played shows with Jack Jones in Las Vegas and appeared with Chaka Khan. He has been teaching privately since 1989.
Jazz at the Chapel is hosted by the Colleges music department.