Rick Zelinsky Jazz Quintet

Rick Zelinsky Jazz Quintet

Date Set!: Sunday April 9, 2017 at 3:00pm Kenai Visitor and Convention Center



$20 for general admission and $10 for students and youth

Available at Northcountry Fair, River City Books, Already Read, Country Liquor and at the door.

Rick Zelinsky, who teaches band in the Anchorage School District and saxophone at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is a well known saxophone & clarinet artist in Alaska. Since 2015, he has been working with Berklee School of Music faculty in composing and producing electronic music. He’s excited to be working on new sounds and grooves for his upcoming Zelectrik project incorporating jazz elements with electronica.

Zelinsky plays regularly with his quintet at O’Malley’s on the Green Restaurant and with his trio at Aurora Fine Art Gallery. Rick regularly plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, bass and alto clarinet; midi wind controller. He enjoys playing both jazz and classical music.

Following the CD Rick Zelinsky Live! in 2010, Rick released his second and third CD (Icy Grooves & Be Like the Sun) in the spring of 2012. In 2015, he released a joint CD with vocalist and pianist, Melissa “Jazz Mom” Fischer. He’s founder and director of the state’s popular summer band program, Alaska Band, in operation since 2000. Since fall 2009, Rick has lead his own series of concerts, the “Jazz Masters Series,” named by the Anchorage Daily News as “Best of” entertainment in Anchorage; it features the music of past and present giants of jazz such as Cannonball & Nat Adderley, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Rick received full saxophone scholarships for both undergraduate & graduate degrees, and he received a B.A. in Music Performance from Cleveland State University and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Akron. Rick was accepted into Doctorate program for saxophone at the University of Indiana with the famous Eugene Rousseau, but instead decided to break from school and has been in Alaska for the last several years dedicating his life to performing and teaching.

Rick’s recent highlights include performances with jazz greats, Eddie Palmieri, piano and trumpeter, Brian Lynch; musician for the Broadway show Chicago; saxophonist with the internationally known Blues Brothers; guest soloist for saxophone concerto with the University of Alaska Wind Ensemble; guest saxophone soloist with Alaska Chamber Singers; saxophone soloist with country star, T.Graham Brown; featured soloist on two CD releases for Alaskan pianist, Dan McElrath, and two CDs for trumpet artist, Yngvil Vatn Guttu. Rick also teaches Monday evening Buddhist meditation classes open to all striving for inner peace to help all living beings.

       Rick Zelinsky Quintet

Rick Zelinsky on saxophones

Pat Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn

Mark Manners on guitars

Dirk Westfall on basses

Brandon Cockburn on drums.

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