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The Hollis Taylor Trio will open the 26th season of the Reed College Music Matinee series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 8 in Reed's Vollum Lecture Hall. The concert will feature jazz, blues, and western swing with Hollis Taylor on violin, John Stewart on guitar, and Phil Baker on bass. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Hollis Taylor began her career in classical music, performing with the Oregon Symphony and as concertmaster and soloist at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Since winning the 1982 Oregon State Old Time Fiddle Championship, Taylor has performed in the folk, country, and jazz genres throughout North America and Europe and was a featured soloist with Grammy and Emmy award-winner Mason Williams's River Show. She performed music for two Gus Van Sant films, My Own Private Idaho and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Her recording, Twisted Fiddle, garnered international acclaim for its jazz-influenced arrangements of country classics and was nominated "1991 Folk Album of the Year" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Taylor has written four books on fiddling: Tricks from the Devil's Box, Championship Polkas and Rags, Championship Waltzes, and Old Time Fiddle Standards. In 1995, she spent 10 months researching and collecting the folk music and instruments of Europe and Morocco, resulting in her latest recording, Unsquare Dances.

John Stewart's versatility and sensitivity as a guitarist have gained him a formidable reputation in several genres of music. He began in the Midwest with traditional fiddlers, followed by tours and recordings playing upright bass in swing and bluegrass bands. He played guitar with the legendary Kansas City jazz violinist Claude "Fiddler" Williams for some ten years. He has performed on numerous tours for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, including Echoes of the Ozarks, Masters of the Folk Violin, and Masters of the Steel String Guitar. As a guitarist, Stewart has completed tours and recording sessions with Nashville renowns Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, Albert Lee, and Grammy Award-winners Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas. He has also accompanied blues greats Howard Armstrong and John Cephas, jazz guitarists Tal Farlow and Cal Collins, and Irish fiddler Kevin Burke. As a bassist, he has recorded with the world-famous Cajun brothers Michael and David Doucet and their band, Beausoleil.

Bassist Phil Baker has established a reputation as a steady supportive player as well as an inspired melodic soloist. His skill on both acoustic and electric bass has kept him in demand on the jazz, R&B, and blues scenes since his teenage years and carried him to the height of the international music scene as a longtime member of the Diana Ross Band. Baker's work with Diana Ross has taken him on many tours of the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Baker appeared on the Motown 25 television special on NBC where he backed such stars as Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Linda Ronstadt. He also performed with Ross on The Tonight Show and in New York's Central Park to an audience of 750,000 people, a concert that was the first international cable television broadcast.

The schedule for the rest of the 1996-97 season follows. All concerts are free and at 3 p.m. in the Vollum Lecture Hall, except where noted.

  • Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m., Chapel: Uwe Kropinski, guitar, and David Friesen, bass, in a special jazz concert. $10 admission.
  • Sunday, October 27: Double Exposure: Eleanor Alberga, piano, and Thomas Bowes, violin, play music by Bach, Schumann, and Paganini
  • Sunday, November 3: Marcia Hadjimarkos, fortepiano, plays works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Haydn
  • Sunday, December 8: Jeannie Hoffman, piano, and David Friesen, bass, in a holiday jazz concert
  • Sunday, February 9: The Guild Trio-Patricia Tao on piano, Janet Orenstein on violin, and Brooks Whitehouse, cello--play music of Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms
  • Sunday, March 9: The Costanzi Duo-Rita Costanzi, harp, and Victor Costanzi, violin--with music of Vivaldi, Paganini, Vieuxtemps, and Rossini
  • Sunday, April 27: The Oregon Renaissance Band plays folk music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

The Music Matinee Series begins its 26th season with this concert. The series was founded in 1971 by Ottomar Rudolf, Reed College professor of German and humanities, who serves as the program's director. The concerts have been made possible in part by the contributions of the Reed College Music Associates. Those interested in joining the organization and supporting its goals are encouraged to call 777-7573.