October 30, 2009

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Jazz Band will present "50 Years of Classic Jazz" on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, features music composed or recorded in 1959 including Dave Brubeck's "Time Out," 'Charles Mingus' "Mingus Ah Um," Duke Ellington's soundtrack to "Anatomy of a Murder" and John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."

Barry Long, assistant professor of music at Bucknell, directs the Jazz Band. Of the concert program, he said, "It's a wonderful opportunity to explore the great music written and recorded that year. So much of it has become the standards by which others are compared. For many, the sound of Mingus or Coltrane IS jazz."

The Bucknell University Jazz Band offers students of all majors and academic interests the opportunity to experience modern and historically important literature in a traditional big band environment.

Performances both on and off campus throughout the year build upon focused ensemble rehearsal and concepts of improvisation. Members frequently have the opportunity to work with Bucknell's Jazz Artist-in-Residence, drummer Phil Haynes, as well as guest clinicians. Recent visitors to campus include Dave Douglas, Robin Eubanks, Bill Carrothers, Jane Ira Bloom, Billy Childs and Don Byron.

Cultural studies in jazz as well as coursework in history, theory, and arranging are regularly offered. Students are also encouraged to participate in chamber ensembles exploring improvisation in further depth.

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