Anderson to jazz up Sunday afternoon

Published 4:06 pm Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Leon Anderson Jr., associate professor and director of Jazz Studies at Florida State University, will jazz up this Sunday afternoon with a performance at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center at Bainbridge College.

Riverside Artsfest is sponsored the program, which will begin at 3 p.m. “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon,” is free and open to the public, will include Anderson and his jazz ensemble.

Anderson joined the Florida State University faculty in 1998. His musical experience includes that of a classical and jazz percussionist, educator, clinician and composer.

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Anderson received the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Louisiana Tech University and in 1996 completed the Master of Arts in Percussion Performance at Southeastern Louisiana University. His mentors have included Ellis Marsalis and Victor Goines of the New Orleans jazz scene.

Anderson currently teaches drum set, jazz ensembles and rhythm section methods at the FSU College of Music. He also currently performs and tours internationally with Marsalis, Goines, Walter Payton and the Snapbean Band and the Third Coast Jazz Quintet. In addition to these ensembles, he has also performed at the International Association of Jazz Education Conference with Bunky Green, Ellis Marsalis and the New Orleans Jazz All-Stars, and has served as an artist/clinician for several jazz festivals in the United States. His festival commitments outside the United States include Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the North Sea Festival.