Friday, October 15, 2010

UConn Jazz Combos



Expect the upcoming UConn jazz combo concert to be a fun filled show with plenty of variety.  On the evening of Monday, Oct. 25th, six different groups will perform ---  the UConn Jazz Septet, the Savoy Syncopaters, the Mysterious Jazz Mystics, the Herbie Hancock Tribute Ensemble, the Modern Jazz Quintet, and the Jazz Prophets.

I direct the Herbie Hancock Ensemble and the UConn Jazz Septet.  The Hancock group, comprised entirely of freshmen, will play two selections from Herbie's 1962 "Takin' Off" album.  The Septet has prepared arrangements by Grammy Award winner, Bill Cunliffe, from his album “Blues and the Abstract Truth, take 2” (a remake of Oliver Nelson’s classic album “Blues and the Abstract Truth”).

My students have impressed me with the strong work ethic they have demonstrated this semester.  They have been busy transcribing, memorizing and analyzing recorded solos.  They have eagerly devoured the improvisational concepts I have shared.  In just two months, I have witnessed tremendous growth in this dedicated bunch.  This is a concert you won't want to miss.

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