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Jazz Trio Concert. The Return of Bulldog Drummond
RAY DRUMMOND '68, bass

Says Ray Drummond, "For me, jazz is a calling. It's a mission. Jazz is a language. It's got its vocabulary, its punctuation." Ray Drummond's musical language is a part of over 100 jazz albums and has been heard in major jazz venues the world over. He and his string bass, "Mama," are eagerly welcomed anywhere and everywhere by jazz connoisseurs.

This CMC alumnus also once spoke the language of business for a living. A successful three-year stint with Harris Management Company meant a stable income and executive perks, but not enough time for jazz. Drummond left in 1977 to move to New York to pursue his professional jazz career.

Although Eddie Marshall's career as a professional drummer began with an accidental gig, he has gone on to perform with the big names in contemporary jazz. Performer, composer, and teacher, Marshall is one of today's most respected jazz artists.

This fall, Marshall will begin teaching on the faculty of San Francisco State University for their recently developed Jazz Studies program.

Since embarking on his professional career in the early '70s, pianist Paul Nagel has amassed an impressive list of recordings and performances with jazz and blues greats.

Nagel has joined the likes of everyone from bassist Ray Brown to vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and his talent has been heard in jazz festivals from San Francisco to Vienna, but he continues to reside in Berkeley, California.

"The Athenaeum did not exist when I was a CMC student. As an alumnus who has both presented and attended programs there, I can safely say that it continues CMC's tradition of excellence and intimacy in matters educational and cultural," says Ray Drummond as he brings his talent home for this special concert at the Athenaeum. Dinner reservations are for CMC persons only. The concert at 6:45 p.m. is open to all.