'Women in Jazz' the focus March 18 at Penn State Fayette

“Women in Jazz” is the focus of a presentation and performance by jazz flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq, better known as Galen, March 18 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The free event is open to the public and will take place at noon in the Cultural Center in the Williams Building.

Galen’s presentation “Women in Jazz” will educate the audience about the five pillars of jazz, which include melody, harmony, rhythm, syncopation and improvisation, and how each element impacts jazz.

Galen grew-up in Montclair, N.J., and at the age of 10 received his first flute. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and graduated from Rutgers University in Brunswick, N.J. He holds a master’s degree in fine arts and education. He is best known for his smooth, rich sound.

Galen has performed around the world for more than 30 years. He is a well known and admired arranger, composer, director and educator, and he has performed with several widely known recording artists, including jazz pianist Billy Taylor, soul singer Freda Payne (who is best known for the song “Band of Gold”) and jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath.
 

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Last Updated March 21, 2011