The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) presents a musical event featuring JAMPACT. The group will perform on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for MAC members and students, $15 for the general public.
JAMPACT plays an original mix that echoes many moments in American Jazz. These five players / composers glide effortlessly from blues to gospel to fusion to the standards of Ellington, Monk and Miles. The quintet freely embraces the universe of Jazz and all of its siblings inclusively.
JAMPACT players are:
- Kim Corbet – synthesizers and trombone
- Jose Bowen – piano
- Buddy Mohmed – bass
- Akira Sato – trumpet
- Jamal Mohamed – drums
José Bowen – Keys
José Antonio Bowen is Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Sothern Methodist University at Dallas, Texas. After directing the jazz ensembles at Stanford University, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (C.H.A.R.M.) in England and the Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Conducting and is currently working on the Smithsonian Anthology of Jazz. He has worked with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Hubert Laws, and numerous others from Jerry Garcia to Liberace, and has written a symphony (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music). He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in England, and on the National Preservations Recording Board for the Library of Congress.
Kim Corbet – Keys, Bones, and Stuff
Kim has been ‘on campus’ since the Eisenhower administration. After studying jazz for a dozen years, he started playing it professionally, and started teaching in various colleges. He has been teaching the history of Jazz and Rock at Southern Methodist University since 1984. For him, the line between teaching and playing is a circular seesaw…an object of affection and the subject of objective observation loved and learned through subjective affection…all fueled by the joy of improvisation. After doctoral work at UNT, Kim’s played in a rainbow of creative projects with an open invitation to all styles and disciplines from concerts to theatre to movie scores, chili cook-offs, polka bands, fusion, and trance. Jampact is a refreshing release. Five seasoned horses on a mile wide track.
Buddy Mohmed – Bass
Buddy Mohmed was born in East Chicago IN to Lebanese immigrants. He picked-up guitar in his preteens and started learning the R&B and blues music he heard around him. Buddy moved with his family to Oak Cliff, Texas, where he honed his guitar playing and started playing bass-violin at Sunset H.S. After graduation, Mr. Mohmed won a position with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the bass section and continued to gig around Texas on bass and guitar. At that time Buddy, along with his brother Jamal, formed one of the Southwest’s first world-music bands: Beledi. The band combined elements of the brother’s Arab heritage with jazz, blues, avant-garde and other world and ‘Western” styles. Buddy also continued his musical education at Dallas County Community Colleges, University of Texas Arlington (won ‘Outstanding Jazz Musician” award.) and the University of North Texas (One O’clock Lab band, bass). Buddy has enjoyed a second career as a composer, with his music appearing in film, theater and dance productions. In 1999, Buddy formed his own band, ‘American Bedouin’ with the release of the bands self-titled first CD. The CD received critical acclaim and the band has played festivals, theaters and clubs across the U.S. In 2002 Buddy was named ‘Artist in Residence’ for the city of Dallas, Texas. That same year he ran for Dallas County Commissioner on the Green Party ticket. Buddy has shared his talents as a bassist and guitarist with some of the great musicians of our time, including: Cedar Walton; Billy Preston; David ‘Fathead’ Newman; Phyllis Hyman; Charles Tolliver; John Hicks; Duke Ellington Orchestra; Kenny Wheeler; Alex Coke; Celtic Stone; Creative Opportunity Orchestra; Tina Marsh; Will Taylor. In January 2005, Buddy traveled to Montreal, Canada, to create the role of ‘bass player clown’ for Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo”, spending the next two years touring with the show. Since retuning home to Dallas in 2007, he has been recording for a new CD and playing bass with band Jampact, the Creative Opportunity Orchestra and Cedar Walton.
Jamal Mohamed – Percussion
Jamal has been a featured artist in many international music events, including concerts in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Egypt, Korea, and throughout Europe and the United States. Sting, Mark O’Connor and Giovanni Hidalgo are among some of the artists Jamal has performed with. His music has been featured on recordings for the television documentaries Ramses the Great, Lions of Darkness (with D’Drum) for the National Geographic channel, and the film biography of Robert Johnson, Can’t You Hear the Wind, starring Danny Glover and Keb’ Mo’. He has presented percussion clinics at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, the University of Hong Kong, the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, Mexico; to name a few. He has worked extensively with dance, theater, film, and music therapy. Jamal is currently a percussion instructor, and director of the World Music Ensemble at Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. Jamal endorses Toca percussion and Sabian cymbals.
Akira Sato – Trumpet and Bass
Born in Tokyo, Japan and growing up in Vancouver, Canada, Akira Sato currently resides in the DFW Metroplex where he is a freelance trumpet player, a composer/arranger and an educator. Since 2001, he has been the director of The Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU where he also teaches jazz theory and improvisation. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The University of North Texas where he teaches jazz arranging. Akira received a master’s degree in jazz arranging from The University of North Texas, where he was a member of The One O’Clock Lab Band and the director of The Three O’Clock Lab Band.
His compositions/arrangements have been performed and recorded by various artists and ensembles including Bobby Shew, Steve Wiest, Lynn Seaton, The Jazz Ambassadors, The Army Blues and The University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band.
About the MAC
Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.
Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit www.the-mac.org. The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.