GORHAM – Trumpeter Trent Austin, who has performed with Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Joe Williams and Clark Terry, will blend jazz and classical music Friday, Nov. 14, at the University of Southern Maine.

The “Clazz and Jassical” concert, part of USM’s school of music’s Spotlight Series, will begin at 8 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall.

Originally from Corinna, Austin will be joined by members of the USM jazz faculty, including Chris Oberholtzer, trombone; Gary Wittner, guitar; Bronek Suchanek, bass; Les Harris Jr., drums; and USM student Micah Maurio, trumpet.

A reception will follow in the lobby where the audience can meet the performers.

Most of the works on the program were arranged or composed by Austin. The concert begins with his arrangement of “Caprice #17” by 18th century composer Niccolo Paganini. Some other compositions on the program include Concerto in D, MH 104, written by Franz Joseph Haydn’s older brother, Michael, in 1763; Astor Piazzola’s “Cafe 1930,” in which Austin mixes jazz and classical; two free improvisations, one with electronic effects titled “KA-Pow!” and the other on flugelhorn; and Thelonious Monk’s “Trinkle, Tinkle.”

Most recently, Austin was a featured trumpet soloist with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, a position he held for 11 years. He performs as a trumpet soloist in the Boston area, is on the faculty at USM and has a private studio in Salem, Mass.

His newest CD, “Two-Toned,” features intimate duo collaborations with some of his favorite musicians, including piano great Benny Green.

Tickets to the Nov. 14 concert are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Call 780-5555.


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