posted January 28, 2013

Hope Jazz Groups to Perform on Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective and jazz chamber ensembles will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The concert was originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, but has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 5, due to a scheduling conflict.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The Jazz Arts Collective will be performing “Being With You,” by Gordon Goodwin; “Face in the Mirror,” by Rick Helzer; “McCoy’s Mood,” by Paul Rinzler; “Little Lucas,” by Eric Alexander; and “Express Train,” by Jim Rotundi.  The selections to be performed by the jazz chamber ensembles will be announced during the concert.

The Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College.  The collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation.  Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind/string 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.

The jazz chamber ensembles afford students the opportunity to perform in the classic small group combo setting.  The ensembles vary in size and instrumentation and place a creative focus on improvisation and group communication.  All of the ensembles perform works from the classic jazz repertoire.   The more advanced jazz chamber ensembles also perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz world.  These ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions.  All ensembles are coached by members of the Hope jazz faculty.  The jazz chamber ensembles are open to anyone interested, regardless of experience with jazz.

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