The University of Akron Jazz Quartet in Concert in Fez

Rabat – Four of the seasoned and talented faculty members of the University of Akron will be holding a Jazz Quartet Concert this weekend in Fez. The concert will be held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the American Language Center-ALIF garden.The Quartet, made up of four members from the Akron School of Music, started performing together in 2005. They toured in Chemnitz, Germany at jazz festivals, night clubs, and universities. They have recorded an album of jazz renditions of hymns, spiritual, and sacred songs titled “I Love to Tell the Story.” Professor Jack Schantz, the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Akron, has toured both the United States and Japan with various orchestras. He was Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra from 1992-2009 and has been teaching at the University of Akron since 1996. He has recorded with Phil Woods, Joe Lovano, and Oscar Peterson.Tim Powell, bassist for Playhouse Square Center Productions, has worked with Akron since 1993. He has recorded with Harold Danko, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Augustine, and Rosemary Clooney.Pianist and producer Rock Wehrmann has recorded with Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. He owns a company, Sudden Realizations, which produces music and designs sound for films.Mark Gonder is a drummer and has been with Akron since 1996. He has recorded with Pat Pace, the Jazz Unit, and the Jack Schantz Quartet. He has also toured internationally with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras.In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Annex Auditorium. It is a free concert and open to the public.