posted October 11, 2010

Hope and Holland Jazz Groups and Guests to Perform Oct. 21

The Holland Jazz Orchestra, Hope College Jazz Arts Collective and Hope College Mainstream Ensemble will perform in concert with composer-in-residence John Cooper and vocalist Edye Hyde at Hope on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

John Cooper's "Baecker Jazz Worship Service" is a work for jazz orchestra and vocalist in seven movements. The movements include "In the beginning," "Gospel: John 21," "St. Anthony's Light: Hymn," "Offertory," "Doxology," "Communion" and "This Little Light of Mine."  The line-up includes a wide variety of styles from New Orleans strut to modern swing.

John Cooper is director of jazz studies at Western Illinois University as well as a member of the Hopper Faculty Jazzlet. Cooper began his musical career by completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Wayne State University in jazz studies and then obtained his master's degree in music composition from Bowling Green State University. Cooper is an active composer/arranger and bandleader as well as a published reviewer of new music for the International Association of Jazz Educators.  He has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to present jazz concerts at Western Illinois University and is a trumpet artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer.

Edye Evans Hyde, an instructor of vocal jazz at Hope, has been teaching and performing jazz, blues and pop music for more than 20 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles and Asia. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education, has taught K-12 vocal music and has served as the assistant director of admissions at Grand Rapids Community College. Edye has shared the stage with world renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles and Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. She has also appeared with The Grand Rapids Symphony and The West Shore Symphony performing songs from her acclaimed CDs, "Girl Talk" and "Lady with A Song." Her stage performances have included principle roles in "Dream Girls," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and more, and she plays Ms Lucy in the West Michigan-produced children's television show "Come On Over!"

The Holland Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to the performance of the great jazz ensemble repertoire both historic and contemporary. The group is comprised of professional, semi-professional and community members. The music director is Brian Coyle, who is director of jazz studies and chair of the department of music at Hope, and the manager is Paul Wesselink.

The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College.  Directed by Coyle, the collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind instrumentation, the 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. The group also frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by Hope College faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the 20th century classical repertoire.

The Mainstream Ensemble is one of six jazz chamber ensembles at Hope.   The ensemble has recorded four CDs, with its fifth scheduled for release on Friday, Oct. 15.  Under the leadership of Rob Hodson, associate professor of music, the group recently had a successful concert tour of Japan, with performances at Meiji Gakuin University, Ferris University and an Alumni Association-sponsored event at Miles' Cafe in Ikebukuro, which is in the center of Tokyo.

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