The Great Performance Series at Hope College will present a night of jazz with the Joe Lovano Trio on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

          The trio features internationally acclaimed and
  four-time Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano,
  along with musicians Cameron Brown and Adirs Muhammad.
          "Move over Pavarotti, the greatest Italian tenor
  around today isn't Luciano, but Lovano," New York's "Village
  Voice" declared.  Schooled by his father, tenor saxophonist
  Tony "Big T" Lovano, Joe Lovano attended the famed Berklee
  School of Music in Boston upon graduating from high school.
          Since then, Lovano has experimented with different
  ensembles, and recorded and composed a diverse group of
  compact discs, including "Universal Language," with soprano
  Judi Silvano, trumpeter Tim Hagans and pianist Kenny Werner;
  "Tenor Legacy," with fellow saxophonist Josh Redman; "Rush
  Hour," with string and woodwind ensembles arranged and
  conducted by Gunther Schuller; "Flying Colors," with Cuban
  pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba; and "Joe Lovano Quartets at the
  Village Vanguard," "Joe Lovano Celebrating Sinatra" and
  "Trio Fascination," with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist
  Dave Holland.  Of this latest release, "The Times" of London
  has proclaimed, "this is state-of-the-art trio jazz!"
          Lovano's music celebrates the improvisational
  style of jazz, encouraging the musicians to find fresh ways
  of expressing themselves.
          "My music gives all of the musicians a lot of
  freedom," Lovano said.  "When you
  play for a feeling and try to be expressive and improvise
  with your wisdom and knowledge, things will happen fast."
          Lovano's concert is the final event of the season
  for the Hope College Great Performance Series.
          Tickets are $12.50 for regular adult admission,
  $10.50 for senior citizens and $6.50 for students, and will
  be sold in advance at the theatre lobby ticket office in the
  DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
  The box office opens for season subscribers on Wednesday,
  April 12, and for the general public on Thursday-Friday,
  April 13-14.
          Remaining tickets will be available at the door on
  Friday, April 14.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at
  86 East 8th Street downtown Holland.
          Additional information may be obtained by calling
  the Great Performance Series at (616) 395-6996.