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September 12, 2011
George N. King Jr. & Friends to Perform at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem!

Bethlehem, Pa. (September 8, 2011) – Dennis J. Costello, General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, welcomes George N. King Jr. and Friends, a quartet of world-renowned musicians to perform an evening of Jazz in the Tap Room Restaurant on Thursday, September 15th from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

Mr. King is a well-known neighbor of the hotel, in his day job he serves as Headmaster of nearby Moravian Academy.  King believes that he is blessed to have two careers.  He is a well-respected independent school educator and an equally respected jazz musician.  In July, 2007, King became the fourth Headmaster of Moravian Academy, with its Lower and Middle School divisions in beautiful historic Bethlehem and the Upper School division in Bethlehem Township, after serving as Headmaster at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Murray State University in Murray, KY and a Master of Science Degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

While King is clearly passionate about education, his first love was music.  He began his musical journey in the seventh grade playing the saxophone in the school band.  He is a saxophonist, arranger, composer, producer and vocalist.  At Murray State, he directed the Phi Mu Alpha Men of Note Big Band featuring concerts with internationally known artists Clark Terry, Urbie Green, and Phil Wilson.  It was Phil Wilson who recommended King for a scholarship to New England Conservatory after hearing him play.  While at the Conservatory, he studied with master musicians Joe Allard, George Russell, Phil Wilson and Jaki Byard and was a member of Jaki’s Apollo Stumpers Big Band in Boston.  During his time in Boston, King headed the house band at Wally’s, the city’s oldest jazz club, and performed at colleges, concerts, festivals, and on television in the New England area. 

After finishing the Conservatory, King performed with legendary jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader, Chico Hamilton.  During his tenure with the Hamilton group, he toured throughout the United States and Europe. Tour highlights included performances at Café Au Dreher in Paris, Ronnie Scott’s in London, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, and at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. George continues to perform as time permits with his own group and also performs with other musicians for special events. Joining King for this performance will be Greg Snyder on guitar, Gene Perla on bass, and Paul Wells on drums. 

Reservations are recommended (610) 625-2226

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa.  It is in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district.  The hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741.

For more information for please contact the Restaurant of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem at (610) 625-2219, via email restaurantreservations@hotelbethlehem.com or visit our Website at www.hotelbethlehem.com.


Greg Snyder graduated from Temple University with a Jazz Performance Degree, some of the venues he has performed at include; the Kennedy Center, the Rainbow Room and the Lincoln Center.  Greg is currently a faculty member of the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Haddenfield, N.J.

Gene Perla studied at both the Berklee School of Music and the Boston Conservatory and he has performed with; Willie Bobo, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Nina Simone, Woody Harmon, Sarah Vaughn, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Sonny Rollin, Miles Davis & Frank Sinatra.  Gene is currently a faculty member of Lehigh University where he teaches Piano & Bass.

Paul Wells studied Jazz at William Paterson University, has performed and recorded internationally with a diverse selection of artists including Debbie Harry, Joe Williams, The Duke Ellington Legacy, Mark Murphy, Nellie McKay, Marion Raven, Norman Simmons, Houston Person, David Leonhardt, Randy Brecker, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid, Rick Margitza, Dave Valentin and  Glen Burtnik. Paul is a contributing writer for Modern Drummer Magazine.

 


 

 

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