Popular jazz musician Curtis Johnson, a saxophone professor at West Virginia University , will give his final faculty recital Wednesday, May 3, at the Creative Arts Center . Johnson plans to retire this spring.


The recital, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A).


Johnson will be joined by music professors James Miltenberger, piano, and George Willis, percussion, as well as visiting assistant professor Jon Brink, saxophone, and students Matt Mantle and Brad Owens from the jazz studies program.


The program will include the Claude Bolling �€?Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano�€? and Paquito D’Rivera’s �€?Danzon.�€?


Johnson obtained a master’s degree in music from WVU and a bachelor’s degree from West Liberty State College.


He has extensive performance experience with such famed artists as Frankie Valli, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles and Maynard Ferguson. He is a much-in-demand performer, arranger and conductor, in addition to working on numerous recording and touring projects with national acts.


For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.