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SMU Meadows Faculty Jazz/Improv Quintet Jampact to Perform at Latino Cultural Center

Multicultural faculty jazz quintet performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3

Jampact, SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ multicultural faculty jazz quintet, performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street. Founded in 2007, Jampact is an eclectic and innovative electro-acoustic band dedicated to an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music. The group includes Meadows School Dean José Antonio Bowen (piano), Buddy Mohmed (bass), and faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer), Jamal Mohamed (percussion) and Akira Sato (trumpet). All are veteran musicians whose individual careers have included performances with many of the most famous names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as Diana Ross, Sting, Liberace, Glenn Campbell and many others.

The concert is being presented in conjunction with American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution on view at the Latino Cultural Center through June 17. The free exhibition presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.

“We are looking forward to our first performance at the LCC in the renovated theater,” said Bowen. “Be prepared to be surprised!”

Tickets to the Jampact concert are $10 per person, and $5 for seniors and students with a valid student ID. For tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com. For additional information, call the Latino Cultural Center at 214-671-0045 or visit dallasculture.org/latinocc.

About the performers:

José Antonio Bowen (piano), Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, is an acclaimed jazz musician, scholar, composer, and educator. In over 30 years as a jazz performer, he has appeared in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Liberace, and many others. He has written a symphony, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1985, a film score, and music for Hubert Laws, Jerry Garcia and many others. His Jewish music, published by Transcontinental Music, is also widely performed and includes a Jazz Shabbat Service that has received more than 70 performances around the world. Other awards for his compositions include the Hubbell, Popular and Standard Awards from ASCAP, the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, the Bell T. Richie Prize, and the Koret Israel Prize. Bowen began his teaching career at Stanford University in 1982, first as the director of jazz ensembles and then for the Humanities Special Programs and the Afro-American Studies Program. In 1994, he became the founding director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to the United States in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University, where he created and directed the Department of Performing Arts. In 2004, Miami University named him dean and professor of music, and in 2006 he became dean of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Conducting and served as one of the five editors of the recently released book/6-CD set Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011) and Jazz: The Smithsonian History. Bowen holds four degrees from Stanford, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England, and is a founding board member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress.

Kim Corbet (trombone/synthesizer) had his first professional gig with Isaac Hayes the year Shaft made him a star. For the next four years, while in undergraduate school in Arkansas, he played for dozens of name acts at Hot Springs’ Vapors Club. He moved to Ft. Worth in 1976, earning a master’s degree in trombone from TCU and performing with commercial big bands locally and across the Southwest. From 1978 to 1981, Kim worked on a doctorate in trombone, jazz studies and electronic composition at UNT and was in Leon Breeden’s last One O’Clock Lab Band. Meanwhile, he continued to play commercially in touring big bands and dinner theatres including Dallas’s Playboy Club and the Fairmont’s Venetian Room, working with musical and comedic stars such as Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Bill Cosby, Ella Fitzgerald, George Burns, Diana Ross, The Smothers Brothers and Glenn Campbell. In 1984, Kim began teaching at SMU and joined BL Lacerta, a classical free improvisation quartet incorporating influences from Tibetan monk chants to Bach to Bartok to Cage, with just a pinch of jazz and blues. In 1986, he began 16 years with KERA radio, Dallas’s NPR affiliate, winning the Dallas Observer’s “Best DJ” award in 1994. In 1996, he started producing independent multi-media and film score shows in several North Texas venues with a two-year performance residency at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC). Also at the MAC, his Comatheatre focused on performance art and interdisciplinary projects. For eight years Kim produced the White Rock Rhythms series and annual WRR festival at the Bath House Cultural Center for the City of Dallas as well as creating music/sound design for independent theatre company Core Performance Manufactory. Current active music projects include Jampact, The Outrageously Dignified Tidbits (a filthy Noise band) and freelance film scores in his Cheeseworks home studio. He teaches jazz and rock history courses at SMU as well as a new class, POINT, offered as a creative outlet open to all SMU students, with a goal of inspiring non-art students to make art part of their daily activities.

Jamal Mohamed (percussion) has been a featured artist in many international music events, including concerts in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Egypt, Korea, and throughout Europe and the United States. Sting, Mark O’Connor and Giovanni Hidalgo are among the many artists Jamal has performed with. His music has been featured on recordings for the television documentaries Ramses the Great, Lions of Darkness (with D’Drum) for the National Geographic channel, and the film biography of Robert Johnson, Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?, starring Danny Glover and Keb’ Mo’. He has presented percussion clinics at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Hong Kong, the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, to name a few. He has worked extensively in dance, theater, film and music therapy. Jamal is currently percussion instructor and director of the World Music Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He endorses Toca percussion and Sabian cymbals.

Buddy Mohmed (bass) attended UT-Arlington, where he was named “Outstanding Jazz Musician,” and UNT, where he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band. He won a position with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the bass section and continued to gig around Texas on bass and guitar. Buddy and his brother Jamal formed one of the Southwest’s first world-music bands, Beledi, which combined elements of the brothers’ Arab heritage with jazz, blues, avant-garde and other world and Western music styles. Buddy has also enjoyed a career as a composer, with his music appearing in film, theater and dance productions. He was composer/music director for the Off-Broadway show Down a Long Road at the Lambs Theater in New York, and has performed music in dozens of touring and regional theater productions. In 1999, he formed the band American Bedouin, which released a critically acclaimed CD and has played festivals, theaters and clubs across the U.S. In 2002 Buddy was named Artist in Residence for the city of Dallas. He has performed as a bassist and guitarist with some of the great musicians of our time, including the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Billy Preston, David “Fathead” Newman, Phyllis Hyman and many others. In January 2005, Buddy traveled to Montreal, Canada, to create the role of “bass player clown” for Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, spending the next two years touring with the show.

Akira Sato (trumpet) is a trumpet player, composer/arranger and educator. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sato grew up in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Music degree in jazz arranging from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band and the director of the Three O’Clock Lab Band. As a trumpet player, he has performed in jazz festivals in Norway, Finland and Hungary. His compositions/arrangements have been performed by various ensembles and artists including the Maynard Ferguson All-Star Tribute Big Band, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Ambassadors, the Army Blues, Lynn Seaton, Bobby Shew, Steve Wiest and Celina Rae. Other works have also been recorded on the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band CDs, Lab ’98, Lab ’99, Lab ’01 and Lab ’06. Currently, Sato is a faculty member at both SMU, where he directs the Meadows Jazz Orchestra and teaches jazz improvisation, and UNT, where he teaches jazz arranging courses. He maintains an active freelance schedule performing trumpet and electric bass in the DFW area.

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