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UMass Amherst Presents New Jazz Works by Graduate Composers

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

UMass to Present Concert Featuring New Works by Graduate Jazz Students

AMHERST (MA) – On Tuesday February 7, the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance will present their annual performance of new works by students participating in the jazz composition and arranging Master’s program. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall, and is free and open to the public.

This year’s performance will feature two new works by Zachary Bartolomei (“Radial,” “Forest Green and Various Hues”) and two new compositions by Jacqueline Chasen (“The Move Down,” “Eleven”), as well as a new ballad by Jay Elfenbein titled “Specialist.” The program will also include original arrangements of Irving Berlin’s “How Deep is The Ocean” and “Blue Skies” by Christopher Foe and Nathanial Gowen, respectively. Rounding out the program will be Foe’s original arrangement of Aaron Parks’s “Nemesis.”

The works will be performed by the Jazz Graduate Composers Ensemble, which includes Bartolomei, Chasen, and Dann Friedman on saxophones, along with Foe on guitar, Elfenbein on bass, and George Robinson on drums. For portions of the program, the Ensemble will be joined by UMass’ award-winning Jazz Ensemble I led by Jeffrey W. Holmes.