April 5, 2014 | 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
The Houghton College Jazz Ensemble will hold its spring concert April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFA Recital Hall. This concert is free of charge and open to the public.
Led by Daniel Wartinger, this concert will feature two distinct groups: Jazz Combo and Jazz Workshop, and will cover a wide variety of music within the jazz genre.
“This concert is going to be an exciting mix of old-school big band numbers, eclectic combo tunes and hot-off-the-press compositions by student composers,” states Wartinger.
The Jazz Combo was created as a vehicle to teach students about improvisation and the development of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic material that one needs in order to create a skillfully performed, spontaneously improvised solo. This group will perform during the first part of the concert.
The second part of the concert features the Jazz Workshop which centers on the big band, complete with five saxophones, four to five trumpets, four trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums and a singer. This has been the standard big band instrumentation passed down since the 1930s.
“This is, by far, the tightest group I’ve gotten to work with and it’s sure going to be a fantastic show,” Wartinger says.