LRU News

Diverse Styles at Center of Jazz Ensembles Upcoming Concert

Thu Nov 8 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble will present their Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30pm in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. This program is free and open to the public.

The LRU Jazz Ensemble is both a lab band dedicated to furthering students’ abilities to play jazz and other popular styles, and an active performing ensemble.  The Jazz Ensemble is a reorganization of the “stage band” tradition, performing diverse styles of music including swing, bebop, blues, funk, Latin, and popular song. Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is open to all Lenoir-Rhyne University students by audition as well as members of the Hickory community.

The Fall Concert will feature standard and contemporary works from the big band repertoire. Featured guest will be guitarist Andy Page.

Andy Page, jazz guitarist

Page maintains an active schedule in the Southeast with a variety of jazz and rock ensembles. He has performed internationally at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Japan’s Muroran Jazz Cruise, and for jazz workshops in Friburg, Germany.  Andy worked in the cruise ship industry in the South Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas and also traveled with a nationally touring theatrical production. He has been a featured composer at the Jazz Composers Forum based in Asheville, NC. Andy has performed private engagements for former President Bill Clinton and poet Maya Angelou, and has performed informally with jazz artists such as Matt Wilson, Gary Smulyan, Don Braden, Chris Vidala, Jack Wilkins, Jon Metzger, and David Baker.

A versatile musician, Andy has played with the funk/rock group The Deciders at the 2009 Gathering Of Nations Native American Pow-wow in Albuquerque, NM. Andy has worked as a session player on numerous recordings, and has released a recording of gypsy waltzes entitled “Souvenir de Django” with the trio Musette Guitars. Andy teaches at Applied Jazz Guitar at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC as well as History of Rock, Jazz in American Society and Jazz/Pop Theory.


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