posted April 4, 2011

Jazz Concert to Feature Multiple Chamber Ensembles

A jazz chamber ensembles concert at Hope College will feature the Blue Note, Verve, Vanguard and Impulse ensembles on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

° The Blue Note Ensemble is coached by Steve Talaga, instructor of music, jazz, piano and composition. The ensemble will perform "Ornithology," by Charlie Parker; "Road Song," by Wes Montgomery; "Stolen Moments," by Oliver Nelson; and "Afro Blue" by Mongo Santamaria. The Blue Note Ensemble consists of freshman Blake Daugherty of Muskegon, drums; sophomore Kin Fong of Northbrook, Ill., alto sax; freshman Luke Ibach of Eden Prairie, Minn., bass; sophomore Justin Makowski of Detroit, piano;  and junior Kyle McLellan of Fort Wayne, Ind., woodwind.

° The Verve Ensemble is coached by Mike Van Lente, instructor of jazz percussion.  The ensemble will be performing "Now's The Time," by Charlie Parker; "Jordu," by Duke Jordan; "Ask Me Now," by Thelonius Monk; and "St. Thomas," by Sonny Rollins. The Verve Ensemble consists of freshman Nathan Axdorff of Grand Rapids, alto sax; freshman Forrest Dodson of Kalamazoo, bass; freshman Michael Graverson of Hamilton, guitar; junior Zach Pedigo of Chippewa Falls, Wis., piano; junior Shelby Peterson of Ann Arbor, alto sax; and sophomore Wesley Rieth of Three Oaks, drums.

° The Vanguard Ensemble is coached by Tom Lockwood, instructor of saxophone. The ensemble will be performing "In The Mood," by Garland/Razaf; "I'm Beginning To See The Light," by George/Hodges/Ellington/James; "Forest Flower," by Charles Lloyd; and "Footprints," by Wayne Shorter. The Vanguard Ensemble consists of freshman Luke Ibach of Eden Prairie, Minn., bass; senior Lucas Johnson of Cadillac, tenor sax; senior Caleb Murray of Half Moon Bay, Calif., piano; freshman Amelia Simms of Nashville, Tenn., drums; and freshman Tyler Vuillmot of DeWitt, alto sax.

° The Impulse Ensemble is coached by senior Nate Roberts of West Milton, Pa.  The ensemble will be performing "Autumn Leaves," by Joseph Kosma; "Black Orpheus," by Louis Bonfi; and "Canteloupe Island," by Herbie Hancock. The Impulse Ensemble consists of freshman Matt Costello of Holland, bass; freshman Guillermo Flores of Holland, alto sax; freshman Joshua Holicki of Coldwater, drums; freshman Daniel Langholz of Ramstein, Germany, trombone; and freshman Alex Mouw of Holland, piano.

The April 11 concert is among the highlights of the college's April 11-15 celebration of national Undergraduate Research Week, during which Hope is featuring the importance of student research and creative work college-wide.  Additional information about the week, including the complete schedule, is available online at

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.