posted February 11, 2009

Hope Jazz Ensembles to Perform on Feb. 25

Hope College jazz ensembles will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert will feature three ensembles:  the Contemporary Ensemble, the Mainstream Ensemble and the Jazz Arts Collective.

The Contemporary Ensemble features Brian Coyle as coach, guitarist Michael Hobson, bassist Nick Van Kampen, and drummers Justin Ferens and James Sa.  The ensemble will perform three John Scofield pieces: "Hottentot,"  "Make Me" and "So You Say."

The Mainstream Ensemble features Rob Hodson as coach, pianist Larry Figuerao, bassist Zach Pedigo and drummer Ben Oegema.  The ensemble will perform "Doodlin'," by Horace Silver; "In the Wee Small Hours," by David Mann; and "Nardis," by Miles Davis.

The final group of the evening, Jazz Arts Collective, features Brian Coyle as director, and is a new ensemble that experiments with jazz "crossover" styles. The members include:  woodwinds, Kyle McLellan, Emily Brower, Zach Pedigo, Katie Zigterman; brass, Nick Hemeren, Alex Ketchum, Jeff Sweers; pianist Larry Figueroa; bassist Nick Van Kampen; guitarists Michael Hobson and Tyler Griffith; and drummer Ben Oegema. The ensemble will perform "Nostalgia in Times Square," by Charles Mingus; "Song for A.E.G.," by Tom Garling; "Dunes at Dawn into Dromadaire Extraordinaire," by Christopher Brubeck; and "Better Get Hit in Your Soul," by Charles Mingus.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.