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The Sheridan Arts Foundation Presents an Event of Blues, Jazz and Boogie with The Scott Cossu Trio & Fall Fundraiser
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The Sheridan Arts Foundation Presents an Evening of Blues, Jazz and Boogie with:
The Scott Cossu Trio & Fall Fundraiser
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Silent Auction 7pm, Showtime 8pm
General Admission, Seated Tickets $16
August 30, 2011: Telluride, CO The Sheridan Arts Foundation is hosting its end of the year concert, party and fundraiser on Friday, September 30th at the Sheridan Opera House. The evening will feature a small silent auction downstairs in the Gallery Room from 7 – 8pm, followed by the Scott Cossu Trio in concert. Any person with a concert ticket will receive a complementary glass of wine, with a cash bar for non-ticket holders or additional drinks. Auction items range from spa certificates, lodging and dinner packages, clothing items, art work and more. All items must go, with all funds helping support the Sheridan Arts Foundation as we head into off season! Stick around after the cocktail hour for a fabulous and relaxing concert featuring New Age, Jazz, Classical and Blues with the Scott Cossu Trio.
Scott Cossu was one of the first artists to sign Windham Hill Records in the late 1970's. Based out of Northern California, Windham Hill was a label dedicated to the sounds and spirits of New Age, Jazz, "Heavy Mental" and Classical. Scott first played his Windham Hill Records repertoire at the Sheridan Opera House in 1988 to a sold out audience. Since then he has continued to write, play and record his jazz, blues and tail-shaking songs. Performing both solo and accompanied by friends, Scott tours regularly to showcase his talent. The September 30th show will feature Scott on piano, Art Patience on harmonica and Nathan Good on percussion. The evening’s entertainment will travel from Scott’s New Age style tunes, into Blues, Jazz and some traditional Classical piano. It should be a perfect event for anyone interested in a spiritual, inspirational and uplifting musical experience.
Artist Bio: Scott Cossu
Scott grew up in the small town of Greenfield, Ohio. He began playing piano at 11 years old when his father brought home a small grand piano for the family. As a teen he took lessons and played classical music, but on the weekends, he played Rock and Roll with the band The Dead End. While in high school Scott made the National Athletic Honor Society, received a National Keyboard Award and was captain of his swim team. He gave up a swimming scholarship to pursue his love of music. In college he was the keyboard player for the Rock group, Brud and had his first television exposure. Scott graduated from Ohio University, School of Music. He was called back in 2000 to receive the Universities Achievement in Music Award. Scott studied for his Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology, at the University of Washington. It was in Seattle that Scott began recording, performing, and getting radio airplay, along with promising reviews.
Today Scott is an internationally known, composer, pianist and recording artist. Scott was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago. He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founder Will Ackerman and
Alex Degrassi, in their new label out of Palo Alto, California. Scott signed onto the label the same day as Michael Hedges and they both joined George Winston who was just new to the label himself. In those early days, Scott toured with his label mates as they forged the way for the many artists that would follow in that genre.
Scott would affectionately call his music Heavy Mental or Cosmic National Geographic, even though he was one of the grandfathers of the New Age scene; he was labeled a “jazz luminary of the future”, by Billboard Magazine. Much of Scott’s work exhibits departures from the New Age field and includes a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences.
He had positive success from the start. His first recording Still moments, found its way from the small record label Music is Medicine, to delightful reviews in both Keyboard and Downbeat Magazines. Spirals, a very jazzy recording, soon followed. The Seattle Times reviewed Spirals favorably and compared Scott to Keith Jarrett.
Scott’s best known recordings began with Windham Hill. His first, in 1981, was Wind Dance, produced by George Winston and featuring Alex de Grassi. The Boston Globe called it, “A sparkling record.” In 1984, came Islands, featuring flutist Dave Valentine and bassist Mark Egan. It instantly made #1 on the JAZZ National airplay list. Reunion followed in 1986 and included Paul Winter’s cellist, Eugene Friesen. By now Scott was being called one of instrumental music’s brightest stars. He was top of the charts, and sought after in the concert circuits. Well traveled and backing himself up with some of New York’s finest musicians, Scott followed with She Describes Infinity in 1987. This began a long time friendship with, guitarist Van Manakas. Switchback soared to #4 on the New Horizons Pick of the Year in 1989 and also made #1 on the billboard charts and brought him international fame. By the end of the year he has sold out shows in Germany, England, Japan and Chile.
As the Windham Hill label grew and changed, many of the label’s artists took a new direction and so did Scott. He signed with the well known distributor, Allegro-Music in Portland, Oregon and joined their label Alula Visions. He has since released, Emerald Pathway, When Spirits Fly and Tides Between Us. All have received generous air play both at home and abroad.
Scott’s most recent CD, Tides Between Us, is dedicated to the Puget Sound area of Washington State. The reviews have been kind and on the New Age Reporter’s Top 50 CD’s for the year of 2009,Tides Between Us made it to #15. He was listed in the top 20 of Japan’s most listened to CDs. Friend and Solo pianist, George Winston, commented on the recording, saying, “It was great to hear these new beautiful compositions of Scott’s”.
Scott spends much of his time performing or in the studio, but he does not confine himself to just that. He keeps busy with projects that include television advertisements, film documentaries and nature videos. He has worked with award winning photographer, Art Wolfe, as well as environmental artist, Christo.
Scott hosted an Adult Contemporary show called, Wind Dance which was syndicated to fifty stations across the US. He played music, gave inside information on current artists, and did interviews featuring musicians in the New Age and Soft Jazz Fusion sound.
Most recently, Scott has been back in the studio. Since most of the Windham Hill catalog is no longer available, Scott was re-recording the pieces he is most asked for. He is also putting together a second recording featuring jazz, blues and barrelhouse pieces. He has had so much fun playing them in concert for many years, that it was time to lay down the tracks. Scott continues to live in the Northwest, content with his musicians’ life of touring and composing, being with his family and surrounded with the beauty the area has to offer.
Tickets and additional event information are available at www.SheridanOperaHouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.
The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education.
The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.