The Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble presents an evening of music Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
From well-known pieces by established American composers to tunes by new composers, audience members can expect to hear a variety of jazz including traditional swing and contemporary pieces with a mixture of tempos and styles. The ensemble will feature Nathan Mason, alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill's Charanga Carolina band, who has shared his knowledge of Latin percussion styles with LR students.
Christopher Nigrelli, LR professor of music, will conduct the performance. He said Latin rhythm has always been an interest of his. "Latin music employs a larger web of texture from the percussion parts and uses authentic Latin instruments to build the sound," Nigrelli said. "It's also great fun for the audience."
Featured on the program is "So Easy," a medium-tempo work by Tadd Dameron, an American jazz composer, and "Lindy Hopper's Delight" by Eddie Barefield and Teddy McRae, co-composers who were both saxophonists. This song, along with the title "Walkin' and Swingin'" by American jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, features swing dance melodies.
Other works on the program include Matt Harris' slow rock ballad "Prayer Meetin'" and uptempo rock song "Poultry Guest" by Les Hooper. A Latin cha-cha titled, "Chachanita" by Michael Philip Mossman and a Bolero style Latin ballad "My Haunting Melody" by Bobby Rodriquez completes the evening performance.
LR's Jazz Ensemble is comprised of students, alumni, and local musicians. Doors will open at 7 p.m.