Drew Zaremba 5tet
Drew Zaremba – saxophone
Dana Landry – piano
Steve Kovalcheck – guitar
Erik Applegate – double bass
Jim White – drums and cymbals
Drew Zaremba just moved to Greeley from Texas to begin his first year teaching jazz composition at the University of Northern Colorado. This will be his first gig in Denver ever, and coming off of two tours in Australia and Japan. As such, this performance will serve as Drew’s introduction to the Denver jazz community. The majority of the program will be selections from his first album “Two Sides of the Same Coin”, released in early 2017. They will also play a handful of standards, in addition to some new compositions he wrote within the past few months. Drew will be joined by his fellow faculty at UNC, who are veterans of the Denver jazz scene.
The music from “Two Sides” is melody-driven, and the primary target audience is the average listener; Drew write his music to be understandable and palatable to the non-educated musician. The album covers a lot of ground, from raucous afro-cuban grooves to lush ballads, balanced with traditional straight-ahead jazz compositions.
Drew Zaremba is quickly earning a worldwide reputation as a passionate conductor, award-winning writer, and fiery performer. As a writer, he has composed and arranged pieces for the BBC Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Dallas Symphony Or-chestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Lee Loughane of Chicago, Chuck Find-ley, Eddie Gomez, the Vietnam Classical Players, the Pyramid Jazz Orchestra in Ja-pan, and Erin Dickins of the Manhattan Transfer. At the age of twenty-seven, Mr. Zaremba joined the esteemed faculty of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in 2018 to teach jazz composition and arranging. One of Drew’s most ambitious projects was writing a concert of music entitled “Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz” during a two month residency in Zhuhai, China. Mr. Zaremba has published music through Sierra Music, UNC Jazz press, and has recorded twenty of his pieces with the University of North Texas One and Two O’Clock Lab Bands. In 2015, Drew was awarded 1st prize of $10,000 in the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award at the UNT for his premier concert with his orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, which featured Eddie Gomez. Drew was ecstatic to receive the Sammy Nestico Award for his origi-nal composition “Kangaroo Bruise Blues” in 2018, which includes a follow-up commission with the world-renowned Airmen of Note.
In addition to writing music, Drew is an active saxophonist, keyboardist, and woodwind artist. In early 2017, Drew released his debut record “Two Sides of the Same Coin” where he is featured on both the saxophone and Hammond organ. Dur-ing his studies at UNT, Drew garnered several accolades for his performances, in-cluding being named a winner for Downbeat’s Best Undergraduate Soloist in 2012 on saxophone, second place in the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in 2014, and playing lead alto in the Disneyland All-American College Band in 2012. As a performer and composer, Drew participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in 2013. Drew is proud to be endorsed by the Conn-Selmer company.
Teaching is a fundamental part of being a jazz musician today, and Drew is delighted to be in demand as a clinician and guest artist. He was given the title of visiting professor for his work at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, Chi-na. Additionally, he has given clinics and guest artist performances in Australia, Japan, Belgium, London, The Netherlands, and in colleges in the States, including Sam Houston State, University of Oklahoma, and UT Tyler. Drew has also taught at the UNT combo camp, Arrowbear Music Camp in California, and the Golden Jazz camp in Zhuhai, China.