Jazz fans, rejoice! An Evening of Contemporary Jazz is coming to the Atwood Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage this week.

Californian hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti will take the stage and U.K. jazz fusion guitarist Peter White is the headliner, but a familiar Alaskan will be opening the show and setting the tone for the evening.

If the name Bill Hauser doesn't ring a bell, the name KillBill Sax might. That’s the name Hauser goes by when he whips out his saxophone to entertain an audience.

 
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Hauser grew up in Anchorage and first encountered the art of jazz in junior high school, thanks to his teacher, Chuck Nagle.

“Mr. Nagle taught at Mears, which is where I went,” Hauser explained. “And at that time he was giving us these jazz playalongs, Jamey Aebersold jazz playalongs.”

The seeds were planted and Hauser’s passion and talent grew. He decided to take his skills to New York.

"When I was in my early 20s, I went on tour and it was not glamorous at all. And it kind of scared me off," remembered Hauser.

He says he took a decade off from playing saxophone and pursued other interests in New York.

After some time away from the sax, Hauser came back to Anchorage where he has dedicated himself to playing saxophone closer to home.

Now his musical stylings can be enjoyed every Wednesday night at Sullivan's Steakhouse, and at other times at different venues around Anchorage.

A Night of Contemporary Jazz is Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available through CenterTix.

 
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