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Jazz Saxophonist Hibbard--Who Performed with Wynton Marsalis & Others--To Play at JSU

April 8, 2003 -- Jazz saxophonist Mace Hibbard of Austin, Texas, will be the featured guest performer at Jacksonville State University's Spring Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the Mason Hall Performance Center.

Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Hibbard's style is in the tradition of master saxophonists Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Stan Getz. Mace also draws inspiration from the more contemporary players such as Kenny Garrett, Chris Potter, Branford Marsalis, and Stefano di Battista.

Coming from a musical family, Hibbard's early music lessons included piano and voice until settling on the saxophone at age ten. Mace's firm grasp of the history of jazz and its standard repertoire comes from the gigs he played with his father, Dave, throughout his teen years. From there, he attended the University of Texas, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Musical Performance and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies. Classical saxophone studies with Harvey Pittel created the foundation of Mace's beautiful sound and technique while his improvisation lessons with Jeff Hellmer helped further shape his melodic and harmonic ideas.

Hibbard has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Wessell Anderson, Marcus Printup, Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Bobby Shew, Arturo Sandoval, James Moody, and many others. In the city of Austin, Mace has played with musicians from every genre including the Atlantics, King Soul Revue, Tony Campise, John Fremgen's Psycho Groove Collective, the Austin Symphony, 47 Indians and others. As an educator, Mace has taught all levels of students both saxophone and jazz improvisation for the last nine years.


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