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November 8, 2012

TVCC to host free concert

Renowned saxophone player Greg Piccolo to appear Sunday at Arboretum

Athens — Renowned saxophone player Greg Piccolo is making another trip to Athens.

Trinity Valley Community College will be hosting Piccolo on Nov. 11. The jazz concert will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the pavilion at the East Texas Arboretum. There is no admission charge.

“The chance for us to host a musician like Greg Piccolo is quite an honor,” said Mary Tidwell, TVCC music instructor. “We are very excited to have him back in Athens.”

Piccolo came to Athens last spring, and performed at the arboretum, said Tidwell.

Piccolo was a leader, singer and saxophonist for the multi-Grammy Award-nominated band Roomful of Blues for 25 years.

He was nominated for W.C. Handy Award and Blues Award for Best Saxophonist.

He performed on Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010" (DVD), Jimmie Vaughan's 2002 Grammy Award winning album, "Do You Get the Blues?" and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Carnegie Hall Concert" (CD).

He has also recorded and/or performed with Pat Benatar, Etta James, Dr. John, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Vinson, J. Geils and Earl King.

He has toured internationally with Jimmie Vaughan. They appeared on the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show in 2010, and at Lincoln Center in New York City, joined by W.C. Clark, Lou Ann Barton and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame winner, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top in 2011.

In 2010, Vaughan and Piccolo recorded and released the album, "Plays Blues, Ballads and Favorites," which was nominated for 2011 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

They also recorded the song, "The Ironic Twist," which was nominated for 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

In February, 2011, Piccolo was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame for his work with Roomful of Blues.

The East Texas Arboretum is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 175 and Patterson Road in Athens.

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