posted October 30, 2009

Hope College Jazz Ensembles to Perform on Nov. 6

Three Hope College jazz ensembles will perform on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert will feature the Contemporary Ensemble, the Mainstream Ensemble and the Jazz Arts Collective.

The Contemporary Ensemble features Brian Coyle, director of jazz studies, as coach; Kin Fong, alto; bassist Eric Dulmes; pianist Michael Reynolds; and drummer David Webster. The group will be performing Duke Ellington's "caravan" and Herbie Hancock's "CantaloupeIsland."

The Mainstream Ensemble features Rob Hodson as coach, pianist Larry Figueroa, guitarist Nate Roberts, bassist Zach Pedigo, and Stephen Hobson as drummer. The group will be performing Bobby Timmon's "Dat Dere," Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark," and Adam Rogers's "Sight."

The final group of the evening, Jazz Arts Collective, is the premiere large jazz ensemble at HopeCollege.  Directed by Coyle, the collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and approximately seven horns, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music.

The collective's repertoire ranges from the great historical jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, to works by modern jazz masters like Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely, and John Hollenbeck.  Similarly, the group frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by HopeCollege faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the 20th century classical repertoire.

The collective's personnel include Katie Zigtermann, flute/saxophones; Kin Fong, alto; Zach Pedigo, tenor; Allyson McMeeking, baritone; Nick Hemeren, trumpet; Alex Ketchum, trombone; Larry Figueroa, piano; Nate Roberts, guitar; Zach Pedigo and Eric Dulmes, bass; and Stephen Hobson, drums/percussion. They will be performing Paul Tynan's "Plexiglass Houses," Jack Cooper's "Vistas," David Hazeltine's "The Lineup," George Gershwin's "A Foggy Day" and Charlie Parker's "Anthropology."

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.