Jazz saxophonist Tim Ries will coach and teach students at Long Hill Township Central School, Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights, and New Providence High School on Thursday, October 28. Partnering with area public schools, Judith G. Wharton Music Center will introduce students to music beyond the classroom by featuring professional musicians and lead off with Mr. Ries. The concerts are made possible in part by a grant from The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation and by RS Berkeley Musical Instruments.
 
Tim Ries, who studied with Michael Brecker, toured with The Rolling Stones on their “No Security” tour. In addition to performing in jazz clubs throughout the U. S., Mr. Ries has taught at the University of Toronto, Rutgers University, The New School, Mannes School of Music, and the University of Michigan. Tim Ries has several CDs including “Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II” released in 2008 on which Ries plays tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones and includes such artists as The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ron Wood, vocalists Sheryl Crow, Lisa Fischer, and Norah Jones,  jazz guitar icons Bill Frisell and John Scofield, keyboardist Larry Goldings, and Wayne Shorter’s brilliant bass-drum team Brian Blade and John Patitucci.
 
Mr. Ries has a Masters of Music, Saxophone from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Music from the University of North Texas.
 
For more information, visit www.WhartonMusicCenter.org or call 908 790-0700.