Thursday, January 17, 3:30 pm, Arizona Senior Academy Building
Jeff Haskell, jazz musician, composer/arranger, recording artist, educator
Legendary Tucson jazz musician Jeff Haskell returns to the Arizona Senior Academy with a behind-the-scenes look at the world of studio recording, in a lecture entitled “Inside the Studio, Inside the Score.” His presentation promises to include a treasured video of an iconic studio recording to be shared with the public for the first time.
Beginning his jazz career as a scat-singing boy soprano in Philadelphia, Haskell studied jazz as a pre-teen with pianist Ray Smythe and organist Jackie Davis, and at age 16, was jamming with saxophonist Lew Tabackin. Winning the first east coast American Collegiate Jazz Festival, he went on to play in Europe with flutist Jeremy Steig and trumpeter Chet Baker.
A winner of three Emmy Awards for his work on the Los Angeles children’s TV program “Dusty’s Treehouse,” Haskell also created arrangements for two of Linda Ronstadt’s albums and composed “Pastiche Americana’ for chorus and orchestra, which was performed by The Little Orchestra in Lincoln Center. He led the world premier of Billy Taylor’s “Fiesta in Tucson,” a suite for jazz trio and big band, and is the only person ever hired by the Tucson Symphony in the multiple roles of pianist/conductor, arranger/orchestrator, and vocalist.
Haskell is the former Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Director of the Recording Studio at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, and has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Tucson Jazz Society and the Tucson/Pima Arts Council.
The UA Recording Studio, now named in his honor, is the most tangible legacy to Haskell’s vision for educating music students with one of the finest music industry education programs and one of the busiest university-based recording studios in the U.S.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer