The Hope College jazz studies area will present three concerts across Monday-Thursday, Nov. 16-19.
Jazz chamber ensembles will perform on Monday, Nov. 16; there will be a vocal jazz concert on Tuesday, Nov. 17; and the Jazz Arts Collective and combos will perform with Tony Monaco, teaching artist-in-residence in jazz organ, on Thursday, Nov. 19. All three concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited to all three events. Admission is free.
The jazz chamber ensembles concert on Monday, Nov. 16, will feature the Vanguard Ensemble, the Concord Ensemble, the Prestige Ensemble and the Blue Note Ensemble.
The Vanguard Ensemble, coached by Mike VanLente, will perform “Killer Joe,” by Benny Golson; and “Cantaloupe Island,” by Herbie Hancock. The Concord Ensemble, coached by Tom Lockwood, will perform “C-Jam Blues,” by Duke Ellington; “Afro Blue,” by Mongo Santamaria; and “In Walked Bud,” by Thelonious Monk. The Prestige Ensemble, coached by Brian Coyle, will perform “Little Sunflower,” by Freddie Hubbard; “Blue Monk,” by Monk; and “Triste,” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The Blue Note Ensemble, coached by Steve Talaga, will perform “Red Clay,” by Hubbard; “Fables of Faubus,” by Charles Mingus; and “Girl from Ipanema,” by Jobim.
The vocal jazz concert on Tuesday, Nov. 17, will feature performances by multiple students coached by faculty member Edye Hyde. The students will be accompanied by the Hope College Faculty Jazz Trio, including Steve Talaga, piano; Charlie Hoats, bass; and Mike VanLente, drums.
Selections, with their composers, will include “Sunny Side of the Street,” by Louis Armstrong; “Letting You Down,” by Hope junior Jamie Baarman of Holland (also performing); “Nature Boy” and “Orange Colored Sky,” by Nat King Cole; “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Night and Day,” by Ella Fitzgerald; “No More Blues,” by Dizzy Gillespie; “Comes Love,” by Billie Holiday; “Boy from Impanema,” by Diana Krall; and “All or Nothing at All,” “I’m in the Mood for Love” and “One Note Samba,” by Frank Sinatra.
The concert on Thursday, Nov. 19, will feature the Contemporary Ensemble, and Mainstream Ensemble along with the Jazz Arts Collective and Tony Monaco.
The Contemporary Ensemble, coached by Brian Coyle, will perform “Well You Needn’t,” by Thelonious Monk; “Sunny,” by Bobby Herb; and “Ode to Billy Joe,” by Bobby Gentry. The Mainstream Ensemble, coached by Robert Hodson, will perform “New York Attitude,” by Kenny Barron; “Bus Depot,” by Brian Coyle; and “Jody Grind,” by Horace Silver. The Jazz Arts Collective, directed by Brian Coyle, will perform “Triplet Blues,” by Hope senior Colin Rensch of Kalamazoo (also performing); “Quarter Master,” by Snarky Puppy; “Variations Watermelon Man,” by Herbie Hancock; and “Root Down,” by Jimmy Smith.
Monaco who became an artist-in-residence at Hope last 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 comes to campus at different points during the academic year to teach private lessons as well as to participate in clinics and other activities. 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.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.