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Jazz artists returns to Soldotna for Sunday show

Posted: April 13, 2013 - 8:30pm  |  Updated: April 13, 2013 - 9:10pm

If you go:

— The Rick Zelinsky Jazz Quintent performs at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus Ward Building. Tickets are available for $20 or $10 for students at Northcountry Fair, River City Books, Already Read Books, Country Liquor and at the door.

Rick Zelinsky is bringing four saxophones, three other musicians and a load of classic and original jazz pieces to the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday.

The concert — the Anchorage musician’s second for the Performing Arts Society — will span the jazz gamut from funk to intricately cool jazz and several offbeat rhythmic structures the Anchorage musician says were influenced by Kokonol — India’s counting system.

“I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be thoroughly enjoyable to listen to,” Zelinsky said. “... It’s going to make a lot of people happy, with us presenting this music — we put a lot of practice and a lot of love into it and I think they’re going to connect.”

When finding pieces for the show, Zelinsky had no shortage of original material to present. He released two albums in the spring of 2012, “Icy Grooves” and “Be Like the Sun.”

Pat Owens, trumpet, Brandon Cockburn, drummer, and Dirk Westfall, jazz bassist, will play alongside Zelinsky.

Sprinkled among his original compositions, Zelinsky said the quintet would perform several pieces by famed jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Gerry Mulligan — a baritone saxophonist.

The show will be the last of the KPC Showcase for the year and is a partnership between the showcase and the Performing Arts Society.

Dave Atcheson, an instructor at the college and contact for the concert said he was excited to see Zelinsky play again.

“Last year we had (him) play and it was pretty awesome, an amazing performance, all the musicians that come with him are top notch,” Atcheson said.


Rashah McChesney can be reached at

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