Swing quintet closes out Lakelands Krueger Fine Arts Series
Student Life - posted on 4/17/2007
Swing, jazz and clarinet enthusiasts take note - the popular Chuck Hedges Quintet will be closing out Lakeland College's Krueger Fine Arts Series on Saturday, April 21.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Fine Arts Building. Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $10 for non-Lakeland students.
A practitioner of 21st century classic swing, Chuck Hedges is well known in the Chicago-Milwaukee area and on the traditional jazz festival circuit, and is recognized as one of the top clarinetists around.
Hedges is an exciting player renowned for his hard-swinging style as well as great sensitivity on beautiful ballads. He played in the early 1950s with George Brunis, Danny Alvin, and Muggsy Spanier in Chicago. In the 1960s, Hedges toured with trumpeter Dick Ruedebusch; and in the 1970s and '80s he toured the U.S. and Europe for 20 years with Wild Bill Davison.
Hedges has played and recorded with Bobby Hagart, Eddie Higgins and Tommy Saunders among others. He now lives in the Milwaukee area where he plays and records with his group, The Milwaukee Connection.
He also played regularly in Chicago including a 20-year stint at Andy's with his Chicago Swingtet, and he is featured at many traditional jazz festivals worldwide.
Joining him as part of his Quintet for this performance are Dave Sullivan, guitar; Bob Maynard, vibes; Andy LoDuca, drums; and George Welland, bass.
Sullivan, who hails from Sheboygan, has been called the "best jazz guitarist in Middle America." Among the many greats he has played with are Herb Jeffries, Louis Jordan and the Timpani Five, Slim Gaillard and the Elvis Presley Show.
Maynard started playing with his father's group in the late 50's, then had his own combo.
LoDuca, considered one of the great drummers in the Midwest, began drum lessons at age 10. Among some of his memorable musical associations have been three years with pianist Buddy Montgomery and his brother, Monk Montgomery. Welland has been one of the premier bass players in Milwaukee for many years. He became the leader of the house band in the Crown Room at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, playing with Mel Torme, Billy Eckstein, Rosemary Clooney and Pepper Adams.
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