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January 26, 2007

Trumpeter Gary Guthman Performs with Halifax Symphony

Written by
cindy mcleod

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jazz trumpeter Gary Guthman swings the Halifax Symphony on Friday

Canadian trumpet virtuoso Gary Guthman brings his Salute To Swing to Halifax on Friday, for the first Symphony Nova Scotia Traditional Pops Series program of the year.

Dinuk Wijeratne, SNS conductor-in-residence and also a professional jazz pianist, will conduct.

Salute To Swing is one of three concert shows Guthman has been headlining for the last 15 years, along with his Tribute to Harry James and his Trumpet Greats concerts. The show highlights some of the hit music from the swing era — the songs of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Guthman studied classical music for 15 years from the age of nine. In high school he played pop and commercial music and gigged in a rock band called The Baldwin Brothers with a young sax player who was to become one of the most successful commercial musicians of the ’80s and ’90s. His name was Kenny G.

In the ’80s, Guthman, still a teenager, was making a name for himself too, as the “youngster” with the Dorsey Brothers Big Band, the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Don Ellis Orchestra and Louis Bellson.

He moved to Canada at the age of 19, played in the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony and could be heard coast to coast on Canadian radio and TV, as well as soloing in movie scores with his New Swing Orchestra.

He toured the U.S. and Canada for 24 months in the Big Band Musical Theatre production of Forever Swing. And his reputation has earned him three concert tours to Europe.

Friday, Jan 26
Gary Gutman (trumpet)
with the Symphony Nova Scotia Traditional Pops Series
Rebecca Cohn / Halifax

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