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Jazz Institute an instrumental learning experience

July 09. 2013 5:18PM

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Keystone College in La Plume will host a Jazz Institute and welcome everyone from the musically informed to the merely curious for an instrumental learning experience sure to have one walking away swinging.

Affiliated with Keystone College and the PA Jazz Alliance, the Jazz Institute will begin its 6th annual event once again headed by founder Marko Marcinko. Marcinko, a drummer and keyboardist who’s been playing his whole life, summed the five -day experience as a “crash course learning about jazz theory, history, as well as improv.” He added, “We’re trying to accomplish a lot. It’s a great learning atmosphere for beginners, amateurs, graduates and professionals.”

Marcinko tours as a performer and has been involved in educational clinics and master classes worldwide supported by the Yamaha Corp. and Zildjian Cymbal Comp., a Japanese- based musical instruments company and 400 year-old cymbal manufacturer respectively. Other affiliations of Marcinko include Vic Firth, a company that makes percussion sticks and Aquarian Drumheads, a company that specializes in drums and other drum-related equipment.

Teaching wise, Marcinko is a professor of jazz studies at Penn State University main campus and also teaches locally. He attended University of Miami in Florida with a double music major in jazz performance and percussion.

Also appearing at the Jazz Institute include James Buckley (jazz history and theory), Tom Hamilton (saxophone), Tony Marino (acoustic and electric bass), Eddie Steven (jazz trumpet), and Bill Washer (jazz guitar). Washer and Hamilton play with Marcinko in his jazz quartet, which performs every Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m. at Bazil restaurant and bar, Northern Boulevard, South Abington Township.

The Jazz Institute will occur July 29 to Aug. 2 with a performance at the Scranton Jazz Festival that Sunday at 5.

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