The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective will perform on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective (Big Band), conducted by Robert Shipley, assistant professor of music, will be celebrating the music of the legendary jazz composer and director Duke Ellington. One of Ellington’s most popular pieces, “Cottontail,” will feature tap dancing choreographed by Heather Cornell, assistant professor of dance instruction. The concert will also include performances by three of Hope College’s jazz combos performing various styles of jazz.

Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Superdome, The Universal Amphitheater, Oprah Winfrey and The Tonight Show are all destinations where Robert Shipley has shared his talent of drumming with the world. He has had the privilege of playing with well-known bands and individuals including Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (1981 to 1982), Natalie Cole (1983 to 1989), Diana Ross (1989), The Temptations (1989 to 1990), The O’Jays (1990 to 2002), Chaka Khan (1995 to 1998), Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams, Ben Vereen, Evelyn King and The Emotions. More information can be found at

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The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.