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Spring 2001

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The summer place to be

     S kidmore’s special summer programs—from overseas tours, to arts and academic workshops, to sports clinics—are filling up fast. For more information, visit www.skidmore.edu/summer, or call the office of the dean of special programs at 518-580-5590.

Summer Academic Sessions
Skidmore courses for Skidmore credit
May 29–June 29
July 2–August 2

Florence, Italy
Studio art, art history, and Italian language study at Studio Art Centers International
May 16–June 25

South Africa
A Skidmore education department tour to study South African history, culture, and education
May 14–June 12

England and Ireland
A Skidmore social-work program tour to study social problems and programs in England and Ireland
May 14–June 6

Summer Six Art Program
Two sessions for a range of studio artists
May 29–June 29
July 2–August 2

Summer Theater Workshop
With Anne Bogart and the Saratoga International Theater Institute company
May 27–June 23

Summer Dance Workshop
With the Parsons Dance Company in residence
June 3-23

Skidmore Jazz Institute
Training for young musicians, with jazz greats
June 24–July 7

Johns Hopkins University
CTY Program

Academic sessions for talented youth
June 24–July 13 and July 15–August 3

Acceleration Programs in Liberal and Studio Arts
Precollege study for high school students
June 30–August 4

New York State Writers Institute
Workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with prominent writers
July 1–28

Summer Seminars in Judaic Studies
Academic studies for adults
July 8-14, 15-21, and 22-28

Skidmore Summer Life-Science Institute for Girls
Two residential sessions for junior high school students
July 8–14 and July 15–21

Boys Choir of Harlem
In residence, with a benefit performance August 7
July 30–August 18

Skidmore Summer Flute Institute
Intensive study with Skidmore’s Jan Vinci
August 5–11

Summer Exploration
An educational vacation on campus for alumni, parents, and friends
August 5–11

Camp $tart-Up at Skidmore College
Entrepreneurial business and leadership skills for young women aged 13-18
August 5–17

International Women’s Writing Guild
Annual writing conference for women
August 10–17

Community Sports Programs
A variety of sports for many age groups
Call for dates and details

Blue notes

Every summer Skidmore is home to the coolest music-makers. Take Coolman himself—that’s Grammy-winning jazz bassist Todd Coolman. Then there’s legendary trombone player Curtis Fuller. And the LaBarberas—smokin’ saxophonist Pat and composer-arranger John. Add trumpeters Vince DiMartino and Clyde Kerr Jr., pianist-composer Frank Mantooth, drummer Ed Shaughnessy, and jazz historian Hal Miller, and you’ve got a very cool crowd serving as the teaching faculty for this year’s Jazz Institute at Skidmore.

Milt Hinton coaches Pete Donnelly, who went on to become a lead member of the Figgs rock band.

And their students, from teenagers on up, are pretty impressive themselves. They come from cities and small towns, from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, even from overseas. A few win scholarships to the institute from Blue Note, the big recording label, and so far three have won McCormack Scholarships, established by friends and colleagues of Jazz Institute founder Donald McCormack (Skidmore’s dean of special programs) and wife Judy (director of Skidmore’s counseling center). Just for instance, the 1999 McCormack Scholar, trumpet phenom Brandon Lee, recently performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under Wynton Marsalis.

But for sheer cool—that magical blend of fame, virtuosity, humility, passion, and great road stories —perhaps no one can fill the shoes of legendary Jazz Institute icon (and jazz world icon) Milt “the Judge” Hinton. A regular on the Jazz Institute faculty for ten years, Hinton died last December at the age of 90. One of the great pioneers of the jazz bass, he was widely admired for his “high standards, superb intonation and impeccable timing,” according to the New York Times. Hinton worked with Cab Calloway for years, and also with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and many other top musicians. A devoted teacher at several colleges and workshops, he established his own scholarship for young bassists.

And so this July, Jazz Institute guest artist Christian McBride, a renowned bass player and protégé of Milt Hinton, dedicates his public concert to Hinton’s memory. The concert pays tribute to Hinton’s legacy as an artist and teacher whose gracious generosity, wisdom, humor, and warmth have inspired the hearts and minds (and lips and fingers) of hundreds of up-and-coming musicians. Way cool. —SR



Concert schedule

The Skidmore Jazz Institute offers seven concerts this year. All are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and often fills up as early as thirty to sixty minutes before curtain time. For updates, call 518-580-5590 or check www.skidmore.edu/summer.

Wallace Roney Sextet
(Miles Davis–inspired trumpeter) June 24, 8 pm, Bernhard Theater

Bill Charlap Trio
(virtuoso old-standards pianist) June 26, 8 pm, Bernhard Theater

Jazz Faculty Sextet
June 28, 8 pm, Bernhard Theater

Jazz Institute Students
June 29, 1 pm, Filene Recital Hall

Christian McBride Band
(innovative “fusion fanatic” bassist) Memorial tribute to Milt Hinton July 3, 8 pm, Bernhard Theater

Jazz Faculty Sextet
July 5, 8 pm, Bernhard Theater

Jazz Institute Students
July 6, 1 pm, Filene Recital Hall

 


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