Taylor Jazz Ensemble Presents Great Places in Jazz History

Published: Oct 21, 2011

The Taylor University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will present a theme concert titled Great Places in Jazz History Friday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall of Smith-Hermanson Music Center.

The program focus is on jazz history and various cities and countries where Jazz has flourished over the years. Selections to be performed include New York, New York; St. Louis Blues; Chicago; Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?; Brazil; St. Thomas; Georgia on My Mind and Back Home Again in Indiana.

Soloists for the concert include, Michael Kasinger, tenor saxophone; Caleb Smith, alto Saxophone; Joel Helms, trombone; Josh Larkin, trumpet; Jeff Reum, guitar; and James Carroll, piano.

The 20-member Taylor Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Albert Harrison, typically presents two concerts each semester in a variety of campus and off-campus settings. The ensemble performs sacred music in chapel services and will be involved in performing for the Music Department Christmas Chapel on campus in December.

The 10-member Jazz Combo, directed by Jeff Anderson, director of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, devotes their time to learning improvisation skills on classic jazz standards. The combo occasionally plays for receptions on campus and in the local area to gain professional experience.

The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.