Jazz

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Revel in the sounds of the Friends University big bands and jazz combos. The 2013-14 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 2013 EVENTS

TRIBUTE TO CARL SEBITS FEATURING THE SEBITS JAZZ SCHOLARS
Sept. 27, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students
Join us for this Jazz concert in memory of Carl Sebits.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS JAZZ FACULTY QUINTET CONCERT
Oct. 3, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Come enjoy the University of North Texas Jazz Quintet as they perform for this jazz concert.

CASADO JAZZ NIGHT WITH DAVE GLENN
Oct. 16, 2013 @ 8 p.m.
Casado Campus Center
Free

Come enjoy jazz music featuring trombonist Dave Glenn with the Friends University student combos.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE & JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE II CONCERT
Nov. 8, 2013 @ 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.

CARMEN BRADFORD WITH THE FRIENDS UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE I, SOULSTICE & JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Nov. 25, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Carmen Bradford takes the stage with three of the Friends University Jazz ensembles.

SPRING 2014 EVENTS

JAZZ VOCAL INVITATIONAL CONCERT
Feb. 21, 2014 @ 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 21st Annual Friends University Jazz Festival celebration.

21ST ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL HEADLINER CONCERT
Feb. 22, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$25 adults, $20 seniors/students

Come celebrate the 21st annual Jazz Festival at Friends University with a special guest artist.

CASADO JAZZ NIGHT WITH TOM LUER
March 12, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Casado Campus Center
Free

Saxophonist Tom Luer will be our guest artist for this fun night with the Friends University Jazz combos.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT
April 4, 2014 @ 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 11, 2014 @ 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.

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