Jazz quartet

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The Mark Filsinger & Elliot Scozzaro Quartet featuring Jim Colemon and John Bacon will perform Thursday at the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda.

The Carnegie Art Center will continue its tradition of bringing jazz music to the community by hosting the Mark Filsinger & Elliot Scozzaro Quartet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

This quartet is a chord-less ensemble, co-led by Mark Filsinger and Elliot Scozzaro. It features entirely new original compositions in the bebop idiom.

Trumpeter, educator, and composer, Filsinger has been a staple of the jazz community since returning to Western New York in 2012. His groups have been featured at various venues throughout the area including the Historic Lewiston and Queen City Jazz Festivals. In addition to leading his own groups, he has performed with national touring Broadway shows, ensembles, and artists including The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Don Menza Big Band, and Johnny Mathis.

After earning a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, Filsinger joined the faculty at SUNY Buffalo State. As a leader in the field of jazz education, he has presented jazz education workshops around the U.S. and Europe.

Scozzaro is a saxophonist and educator from Buffalo. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, where he played lead alto saxophone in the seven time Grammy-nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band. While at UNT, Scozzaro also served as a Teaching Fellow of Saxophone, directed the Five O’ Clock Lab Band, and studied under Brad Leali.

Scozzaro was named a semi-finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition in 2016. Throughout 2018, he played second alto saxophone in the renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Nick Hilscher. Additionally, he has performed at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Northwest Jazz Festival, and the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival.

Thursdays quartet will consist of:

• Mark Filsinger - trumpet/flugelhorn

• Elliot Scozzaro - alto saxophone

• Jim Colemon - bass

• John Bacon - drums

Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for members of the Carnegie Art Center as well as students.

Tickets can be purchased on the Carnegie Art Center's website at www.carnegiartcenter.org or at the door on the day of the event. Contact the Carnegie for questions or concerns at info@carnegieartcenter.org or call 694-4400.

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