posted March 30, 2009

Hope College Jazz Ensemble to Perform April 8

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will close its season with a performance on Wednesday, April 8, 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.  They will perform "Not Again," by Michael Hobson; "'Round Midnight," by Thelonious Monk; and "St. Thomas/So You Say," by Sonny Rollins/John Scofield.

The Mainstream Ensemble features Rob Hodson as coach, pianist Larry Figuerao, bassist Zach Pedigo and Ben Oegema as drummer.  They will perform "Harvesting Dance," by Aaron Parks; and "Sugar Ray," by Phineas Newborn.

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 performers include:  woodwinds, Kyle McLellan, Emily Brower, Zach Pedigo and Katie Zigterman; brass, Nick Hemeren, Alex Ketchum and Jeff Sweers; pianist, Larry Figueroa; bassist, Nick Van Kampen; guitarists, Michael Hobson and Tyler Griffith; and drummer, Ben Oegema. They will perform "Leaving Late," by Michael Hobson; "5 for 6," by Kenny Wheeler; "Bazaar Chase from Vignettes for Nonet," by Chris Brubeck; and "Inside Out," by Matt Harris.

Brian Coyle is currently associate professor of music and director of jazz studies at Hope College, as well as chairperson of the department of music. He is an active performer, composer, arranger, adjudicator and clinician who frequently appears at festivals, universities, colleges, high schools and clubs both nationally and internationally. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree in trumpet performance from the University of South Florida, a master's degree in instrumental conducting from California State University at Northridge, and a doctorate in instrumental conducting from Michigan State University.

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