Hope College will present the Jazz Arts Collective, and the Contemporary and Mainstream Ensemble, featuring the music of jazz organist Tony Monaco, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
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, the select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music. The Jazz Arts Collective frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by Hope College faculty and students.
Monaco, who became an artist-in-residence at Hope earlier this year, released his first CD, the critically acclaimed “Burnin Grooves,” in 2000, with eight international releases and many tours around the globe following in the years since. In 2007, he celebrated his 40th year as a musician and appeared on the cover of “Keyboard Magazine.”
His teaching includes private students, classes and clinics. He has also produced a series of instructional DVDs titled “Playing Jazz Hammond.”
Through his residency, Monaco is on-campus four times a year to teach private lessons as well as to participate in clinics and other activities such as the October 21 concert. Because he also maintains an active, international touring schedule, he continues to work with his individual students one-on-one via the Internet. It’s a system through which Monaco has been providing private lessons to students around the world.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.