posted September 27, 2012

Jazz Arts Collective and Jazz Combos to Perform on Thursday, Oct. 4

The Jazz Arts Collective and jazz combos at Hope College will perform at Hope on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

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

Brian Coyle is director of jazz studies and a professor of music. He is a performer, composer, arranger, adjudicator and clinician who frequently appears at festivals, conferences, universities, colleges, high schools and clubs both nationally and internationally.  As a composer, he has had compositions commissioned and performed by professional ensembles, universities and high schools throughout the United States. Administratively, he has served on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jazz Education, is a past-president of the Michigan Association for Jazz Education, served as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and is a past chairperson of the college’s department of music.

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