The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective and two different jazz chamber ensembles will perform on Saturday, April 1, 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 Jazz Arts Collective and the Jazz Messengers Combo, directed by Robert Shipley, and the Steps Ahead Jazz Combo, directed by Tom Lockwood, will perform timeless, popular jazz selections. 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.  Shipley is an assistant professor of music, and Lockwood is an adjunct member of the music faculty.

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