PULLMAN, Wash. — The Dozier-Jarvis Trio will continue the Music on the Mall series at Washington State University with a June 4 program.
With Dody Dozier on keyboards, Dick Dozier on bass and Dave Jarvis on drums, the trio is one of the most popular musical organizations in the Inland Northwest. Their performance, sponsored by Campus Involvement, is set for noon-1 p.m. on the Glenn Terrell Mall.
Based in the Moscow-Pullman area, the trio is best known for its performance of jazz and jazz fusion, a blend of jazz and rock, played on highly sophisticated electronic equipment. The band also plays more traditional music, such as the straight-ahead swing and soft standards it has regularly provided for dances, wedding receptions, and other private and public occasions.
The three musicians first met in 1979 when drummer and then graduate student Dave Jarvis answered a last-minute call to substitute in a dance band. The instant rapport that developed between him and the Doziers led to formation of the trio and two years of steady engagements.
In 1981 the trio was forced to disband when Jarvis left the area to accept a teaching position in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1984, the Doziers also left the Palouse for a year-and-a-half to live and work in England and Spain. To the amazement of all three, the trio was reunited in 1987 when Jarvis returned to join the WSU faculty.
In 1992, the trio became the Dozier-Jarvis-Jensen Quartet with the addition of soprano and alto sax player Brent Jensen. When Jensen moved to Boise in the summer of 1995, the group played as a trio until 1998 when Horace Alexander Young arrived on the scene. With Young covering sax, flute and vocals, the Dozier-Jarvis-Young Quartet is one of the most popular jazz ensembles on the Palouse today.
The group takes great pride in performing a wide variety of music, featuring standard tunes by popular composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Rodgers and Hart alongside the acoustic jazz compositions of such great artists as Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Performances included works by Pat Metheny, the Yellowjackets, Michael Franks, Joe Sample and Sting.
A barbecue, catered by the Compton Union Building, will be available during the concert. In case of rain, the performance will be moved to the CUB Lair.
For more information, contact Campus Involvement, (509) 335-9667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.