The College of Southern Maryland’s 10th Annual Jazz Festival will begin 8 pm, April 5, at the La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center with the Randy Runyon Trio and will continue 8 pm, April 6, with performances by Solid Brass, CSM’s Big Band Jazz Ensemble directed by Randy Runyon Sr. with special guest artists Pete BarenBregge and the Randy Runyon Trio.
Randy Runyon Jr. of the Randy Runyon Trio, originally from La Plata, has performed with many artists including David Sanborn, James Genus, Gil Goldstein and Bernard Purdie. He has played at the Thailand Jazz Conference in Bangkok, IAJE in New York and the International Trumpet Guild in Alberta, Canada. He is a member of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His second album, “Randy Runyon Animal Zoo,” features all original compositions influenced by a combination of jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, hip hop, rock, classical and psychedelic elements.
BarenBregge is a saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who has done extensive recording for radio, television and record singles. He has collaborated with artists including Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mel Torme, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. He is the instrumental jazz editor for Belwin Jazz, a division of Alfred Publishing Company, and a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. As a producer BarenBregge has produced three of his own quartet CDs, “PF Flyer,” “Point of Grace” and “A Thousand Eyes;” seven Airmen of Note CDs; and more than 75 CDs for the Alfred Publishing Co. of educational jazz ensemble arrangements at all levels.