Jazz Workshop Welcomes Guest Trombonist


Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

Walter White
The Jazz Workshop, directed by Walter White, will present a free concert on Tuesday, December 9, at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall. Trombonist Conrad Herwig will be the guest artist.

New York jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig has recorded 13 albums as a leader, including the Grammy-nominated, The Latin Side of John Coltrane. His most recent recordings on the CrissCross label are Land of Shadow, Hieroglyphica, Unseen Universe, Osteology, and Heart of Darkness, which received 4 1/2 stars in Down Beat magazine. He has also been voted No. 1 jazz trombonist in the 2002 Down Beat jazz critic's poll.

In constant demand as a sideman, Herwig has been a featured member in the Joe Henderson Sextet, Tom Harrell's Septet and Big Band, and the Joe Lovano Nonet. Conrad also performs and records with Eddie Palmieri's "La Perfecta II" and Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet, Paquito D'Rivera's Havana-New York Connection, the Mingus Big Band, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

White, musical performance, recently received critical acclaim for his work with the San Jose/Cleveland Ballet, conducting and soloing with an 18-piece swing band, playing composer Bill Duncan's "Go Daddy-O!", a piece choreographed by the S.J.C.Ballet's artistic director Dennis Nahat. Walter also received raves for his solo appearance with the Bremerton Symphony, playing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb, and Homage to Armstrong, a medley highlighting Louis Armstrong's strong instrumental style, arranged by Walter for solo trumpet, jazz trio, and orchestra.

White's playing has graced the sound tracks of records, movies, and television; most notably network sitcoms Taxi, and The Cosby Show.

Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck