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Clarkson And St. Lawrence Jazz Duo Will Perform At University Bookstore, Potsdam

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The jazz duo of Clarkson Philosophy Professor Bill Vitek on piano and SLU Mathematics Professor Dan Gagliardi on bass will be performing at the University Bookstore, 39 Market Street, Potsdam, on Saturday, October 29, 2005, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. They will play selections from “Fine Line,” their recently released CD of jazz standards and originals. The CD will be available for sale at the bookstore.fineline

Professors by day, Vitek and Gagliardi have been playing together for two years. Since their first gig together, they have worked to create melodies that celebrate the duo rather than music that vaunts the soloist. The twosome’s tunes move easily from hard, driving swing to open ballads, and the players are always listening and responding to each other. 

“The jobs of musician and professor both have an element of performance,” says Vitek. “Whether in front of a lecture hall of students, one’s peers, or on a coffee house stage, Dan and I enjoy the challenge of engaging an audience.” 

Vitek studied jazz piano with Crane School of Music alum Frank Stagnitta, and has recorded three albums of jazz nursery rhymes with Albany musician Josh Greenberg. Their recordings have won several awards. He has been playing professionally in the North Country since joining Clarkson in 1987.  

“We’re so very fortunate,” says Gagliardi, “to be intellectually challenged and rewarded in our day jobs as teachers and academics, and to be able to have so much fun playing the music we love after hours.”

PHOTO CAPTION:  Bill Vitek, professor of philosophy at Clarkson University, and Dan Gagliardi, St. Lawrence University professor, will perform jazz at the

University Bookstore, 39 Market Street, Potsdam, on Saturday, October 29, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. The performance is part of the family weekend celebration in Potsdam.

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