DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC CONCERTS

Jazz Concerts Spring 2017


Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Schroeder Hall
Faculty Composers Concert

Composition Professor Thom Limbert curates an evening of experimental music, klezmer, jazz and even a world premiere! Performers include composer/bassist Ben Allison and Think Free; the SSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet; members of the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble; Kristie Janczyk, piano and Matthew Vincent, violin; and members of Pulsoptional Band of Composers – John Mayrose and Drew Whiting. Click here for details.


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Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Schroeder Hall
Ben Allison & Think Free w/SSU Jazz Combos

Ben Allison and Think Free will be in residence March 1-3. In addition to Jazz Forum, they will be conducting clinics and open rehearsals, and performing on March 2 at the Faculty Composer Concert and on March 3 with the SSU Jazz Combos.

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation.

Think Free combines Ben's love of rock grooves with the free-wheeling interplay of a trumpet and guitar-based quartet. The group's three albums, Cowboy Justice, Little Things Run the World, and Think Free each topped the jazz radio charts in the US and showcase Ben's creative use of orchestration to create a sound that's cinematic in scope, but with the elements of melody and groove that have become hallmarks of his style.

Also on the program will be SSU's Post-Modern and Cool Jazz Ensembles led by Kasey Knudsen and Ken Cook.

THINK FREE
Ben Allison, bass
Kirk Knuffke, cornet
Steve Cardenas, guitar
Allan Mednard, drums


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Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Weill Hall
SSU Jazz Orchestra & Latin Band   

     
Doug Leibinger and Kendrick Freeman, directors

Featuring contemporary charts for Big Band by Ben Allison, Les Hooper & Eric Richards plus Latin band pieces by Joao Donato, Don Grolnick, Hermeto Pascoal and Guillermo Bustamante


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Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Schroeder Hall
Jazz Combo Concert

SSU Cool Jazz Ensemble
Kasey Knudsen, coach

Palo Alto                                                         Lee Konitz
Desafinado                                                      Antonio Carlos Jobim  
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You                 George Bassman & Ned Washington  
Crawdad Suite                                                 Jimmy Giuffre  
Scintilla                                                           Jimmy Giuffre

 
SSU Latin Band
Kendrick Freeman, director

Sabor                                                               Joao Donato  
Rainsville                                                        Don Grolnick  
Vale Da Ribeira                                               Hermeto Pascoal
Throw It Away                                              Abbey Lincoln (Aminata Moseka)  
Curacao                                                           Cal Tjader  
Brazilian People                                              Marcos Silva


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Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Weill Hall
SSU Jazz Orchestra

Post Modern Ensemble
Ken Cook, director
 
Fiasco                                                              Paul Motian
Little Rock                                                      Sonny Sharock
Bya Blue                                                         Paul Motian
Dusk                                                               Andrew Hill  
Four In One/Evidence                                     Thelonius Monk

 

SSU Jazz Orchestra
Doug Leibinger, director

Hip n’ Cool                                                     Les Hooper  
Girl Talk                                                         Neal Hefti  & Bobby Troup
High Octane                                                    Jeff Jarvis
Read ‘Em and Weep                                       Allen Carter
Footprints                                                       Wayne Shorter  
Psycho Loco                                                   Louis Jordan  & Bill Doggett


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