Author: Andrea Bruns
Categories: Campus Life|Community|Music

The Jazz Ensemble will have their first concert of the school year on November 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

This concert, under direction of Adjunct Professor of Jazz Kenneth Crane, will feature two distinct groups and cover a wide variety of music within the jazz genre.

In the first part of the concert, the seven-person Jazz Combo/Improvisation class will perform creative, small-group jazz. This portion will feature pieces representing the groups of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker alongside selections from the Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet. The group will also present several unique contemporary jazz compositions written specifically for this ensemble by composition majors Malcom Bell and Jerbrel Bowens.

The second half of the concert features the Jazz Workshop Big Band, a group of 17 students and community members. This band explores some earlier big band swing styles through the music of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. An authentic salsa-styled arrangement promises to add spice to the group’s performance. Austin Kewin will be featured on saxophone in a ballad and later as the vocalist for a George Gershwin standard. The band will feature another piece by student composer Jerbrel Bowens before closing with a challenging New Orleans funk-rock march composed by Gordon Goodwin.

“There are a number of wonderful, mature players in the groups this year,” Crane stated, “and I am excited to present them in concert.” Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to attend this thrilling performance by the talented Houghton jazz ensembles.

For more information, contact Ken Crane at