Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, who has sat in on drums with many jazz greats, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Jazz drummer Rich Thompson to showcase trio at SUNY Oswego

Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, who has sat in on drums with many jazz greats, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Campus Center auditorium.

“Rich Thompson’s Generations Trio is the real thing: deeply gifted musicians who play with excitement, virtuosity and passion and always swing their tails off,” said Eric Schmitz, the combo’s host and a SUNY Oswego assistant professor of music who studied drum set with Thompson at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

Schmitz said the group recently released its first album, “Rich Thompson: Generations Trio,” and the concert likely will feature music from it.

Thompson, associate professor at the Eastman School, has toured with many jazz greats. Besides Basie, the list includes James Williams, Frank Foster, Rich Perry, Marian McPartland, Snooky Young and many more. Doctoral student and bassist Miles Brown and undergraduate piano student Chris Ziemba complete the trio.

Last spring, Thompson sat in on drums with the Oswego Jazz Ensemble for a concert, and five years ago, he appeared here as a member of the Eastman Jazz Trio for a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series event.

Those seeking more information may contact SUNY Oswego’s Artswego performing arts organization at 312-4581 or artswego@oswego.edu.

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