Jazz

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Revel in the sounds of the Friends University big bands and jazz combos. The 2014-15 jazz season includes appearances by world-class guest artists that you will not want to miss! Under the direction of Lisa Hittle, the student jazz groups will entertain and amaze you with their talent and passion for playing the music of the jazz greats.

Jazz I Cuba Documentary - It's All Good with Sierra Scott

 

Jazz Ensemble 1

Soulstice Jazz Combo

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

FALL 2014 EVENTS

JAZZ CONCERT WITH JANE BUNNETT AND MAQUEQUE
Sept. 16, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students
Join us for this Jazz concert featuring Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE I CONCERT
Oct. 3, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Come enjoy the sounds of Jazz Ensemble I as part of the homecoming week celebrations.

CASADO JAZZ NIGHT WITH ALLEN CARTER
Oct. 15, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Casado Campus Center
Free

Come enjoy jazz music featuring percussionist Allen Carter with the Friends University student combos.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE & JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE II CONCERT
Nov. 7, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Enjoy a fun evening of jazz featuring the incredibly tight harmonies of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble as well as the swingin' big band sounds of Jazz Ensemble II.

JAZZ CONCERT WITH PETE MCGUINNESS
Nov. 24, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Pete McGuinness takes the stage with some of the Friends University Jazz ensembles.

SPRING 2015 EVENTS

JAZZ VOCAL INVITATIONAL CONCERT WITH THE DENA DEROSE TRIO
Feb. 20, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students
The Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble will host jazz choirs from around the area as part of the 22nd Annual Friends University Jazz Festival celebration.

22ND ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL HEADLINER CONCERT WITH THE DENA DEROSE TRIO
Feb. 21, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Come celebrate the 22nd annual Jazz Festival at Friends University featuring the Dena Derose Trio.

CASADO JAZZ NIGHT WITH CLAY JENKINS
March 25, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Casado Campus Center
Free

Trumpeter Clay Jenkins will be our guest artist for this fun night of jazz music with the Friends University Jazz combos.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT
April 2, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Join us for the last Jazz Vocal Ensemble concert of the school year.

SENIOR JAZZ NIGHT CONCERT
April 10, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Our graduating seniors in both Jazz Ensembles will be featured and honored in this last jazz concert of the school year.

STUDENTS' BIG BAND ARRANGEMENTS CONCERT
April 29, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
Free

Alumni Highlight

"It is very special to see how far the Jazz Program at Friends has come since I was playing in the band. Lisa has developed the program into something very special and along the way created a culture of excellence. There are many students playing and improvising at a very high level, playing out in the community, and going on and getting graduate and doctorate degrees in jazz performance."

Steve Bartkoski