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Jazz artists Pete Christlieb, Linda Small to play with BYU's Synthesis April 9

Brigham Young University’s top jazz ensemble, Synthesis, will perform with guest artists Pete Christlieb and Linda Small on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are $10 or $7 with a BYU or student ID. To purchase tickets, visit the Fine Arts Ticket Office, call (801) 422-4322 or visit artstix.byu.edu.

For this concert, Synthesis will be joined by veteran musicians Pete Christlieb, tenor saxophone, and Linda Small, trombone.

From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Christlieb’s tenor saxophone could be heard on television and motion picture soundtracks and recordings. He has played in the wind section on the “Star Trek” shows, and has had featured solos on albums like Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Today he can be heard with the Bill Holman Orchestra, both live and in recordings.

Linda Small has played in symphonies, chamber ensembles and big bands in recordings, shows and festivals. She has performed with the Boston Pops and world-famous musicians like Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations and Sammy Davis, Jr. She and her husband, Christlieb, are co-leaders of the band Tall & Small.

Under the direction of Ray Smith, Synthesis blends swing, blues, jazz, Latin and fusion styles for unique and entertaining performances. A past sweepstakes champion of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, Synthesis has participated in the prestigious Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Pori International Jazz Festival in Finland. The group has also been a special guest performer at Tokyo Disneyland and has performed in The People’s Republic of China.

For more information, contact Ray Smith at (801) 422-3391.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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