Several Hope College jazz ensembles will present concerts on two different nights. Four different jazz chamber ensembles will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and the Jazz Arts Collective and Jazz Organ Trio will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Both 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. Admission is free.
The jazz chamber ensembles concert will feature the Concord Ensemble, coached by Tom Lockwood; the Blue Note Ensemble, coached by Steve Talaga; the Mainstream Ensemble, coached by Nate Roberts; and the Verse Ensemble, coached by Jeff Shoup.
The Verve Ensemble will perform “Blues in the Closet,” by Oscar Pettiford, and “I Got Time,” by George Gershwin. The Concord Ensemble will perform “Sugar,” by Stanley Turrentine; “In Her Family,” by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays; and “Cold Duck Time,” by Eddie Harris. The Blue Note Ensemble will perform “Backstage Sally,” by Wayne Shorter; “Honeysuckle Rose,” by Thomas “Fats” Waller; and “500 Miles High,” by Chick Corea. The Mainstream Ensemble will perform a free improvisation, and “Resolution,” by John Coltrane.
The Jazz Arts Collective, directed by Brian Coyle, and the Jazz Organ Trio, directed by Nate Roberts, will perform selections decided upon from the stage. The Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College. The collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Consisting of a rhythm section and flexible wind/string instrumentation, the select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music.
The college’s 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. The ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions. All of the ensembles are coached by members of the Hope College jazz faculty.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.