- Chamber Music
- Small Ensembles
The U’s two 18-member Big Bands play a wide variety of big band music from standards by the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis to works by today’s leading writers such as Jim McNeely, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer and Darcy James Argue.
Jazz Big Band members learn to create a tightly unified ensemble sound, work on blend and balance issues and match intonation and phrasing with the rest of the ensemble. Band members also explore those musical components unique to jazz performance, such as solo and accompanimental improvisation.
In addition to four on-campus concerts a year, big band members participate annually in regional jazz festivals, including in-state events, as well as festivals performances in Colorado, Idaho and Nevada. Periodically, Jazz Area ensembles also travel internationally; in 2011, Jazz Ensemble I toured China.
Friends! Some awesome jazz is on the horizon. With only two shows left this season, the Jazz Vespers Quartet will finish off with a tribute to U2 (with guest Tom Hopkins) and their popular Christmas show, "Kristmas Kool" with special guest Joslyn Petty Poole. Dec 14th and 21st 7:30p. Free! at the First Unitarian Church on 1300E. Jazz vespers features two of our jazz faculty, David Halliday and Denson Angulo Music. IN JANUARY the JazzSLC concert series continues on January 3rd with Frank Vignola's guitar spectacular. 7:30p at the Capitol Theater. Earlier in the day there will be a workshop from 11:30-1pm. Tickets for the workshop are $35 and must be purchased in advance. call 801-550-9052. Every guitarist in our program should be there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 12, 2014