The Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. The free concert will feature student soloists and a wide variety of jazz styles.
"We're eager to expose our students to the full range of the history of jazz over the course of their musical education," said Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, professor of music and conductor of the ensemble. "Between Latin styles, swing, and modern variations on rock and pop genres, students need to learn how to capture nuances in their playing."
The concert will feature two works by Oliver Nelson: his original composition, "Emancipation Blues," and his arrangement of the jazz standard, "Jada." Duke Ellington's compositions will be represented with a Joe Jackson arrangement of "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me," and the ensemble will also include a transcription of "Solid Old Man" on the program. Continuing recent explorations of Benny Golson's work, the ensemble will perform his composition, "Whisper Not." Miles Davis' seminal composition in the style of modal jazz "So What" will be performed in an arrangement written by Mark Taylor, and the band will also include "The Dance of Denial," a Latin composition by New York City-based trumpeter and composer Michael Philip Mossman. Perennial favorites "This Little Light of Mine" and "A String of Pearls" will round out the program.
LR's Jazz Ensemble is comprised of students, alumni, and local musicians.To learn more, visit lr.edu/publicevents.