posted January 30, 2012

Hope Jazz Ensembles to Perform on Thursday, Feb. 9

The Standards Ensemble, Mainstream Ensemble and Jazz Arts Collective of Hope College will perform on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The Standards Ensemble will perform “A Night in Tunisia,” by Dizzy Gillespie; “Black Orpheus,” by Luis Bonfi; and “Windows,” by Chick Corea.  The Standards Ensemble is coached by Brian Coyle, who is a professor of music and director of the jazz studies area at Hope, and includes sophomore Jared DeMeester of Grand Rapids, bass; senior Larry Figueroa of Holland, piano; junior Luke Panning of Holland, violin; and junior David Webster, drums.

The Mainstream Ensemble will perform “Sin Clave Pero Swing,” by Chucho Valdes; “Giant,” by Reid Anderson; and “Bittersweet,” by Junko Onishi.  The Mainstream Ensemble is coached by Rob Hodson, who is an associate professor of music and chairperson of the department, and includes senior Zach Pedigo of Chippewa Falls, Wis., bass; junior Michael Reynolds of Tampa, Fla., piano; and junior Wayne Titus of Canton, drums.

The Jazz Arts Collective will be performing “Aim High,” by Fred Sturm; “Moontide,” by Randy Brecker; “Footprints,” by Wayne Shorter and arranged by the Jazz Arts Collective; and “Who the Hell is Bob?,” by Justin Morrell.  The Jazz Arts Collective is directed by Brian Coyle, and the performers include: freshman Scott Cathey of Ada, trumpet; Jared DeMeester, bass; sophomore Forrest Dodson of Kalamazoo, bass clarinet/samples; sophomore Michael Graverson of Hamilton, guitar; sophomore Daniel Langholz of Ramstein, Germany, trombone; freshman Jarred Mackey of Jenison, percussion; freshman Matthew Milliken of Fenton, alto saxophone; sophomore Christian Nikkel of Holland, guitar; Zach Pedigo, tenor saxophone; Michael Reynolds, piano; senior Jeff Sweers of Jenison, trombone; and Wayne Titus, drums.

The Hope College Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College. The Collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind instrumentation, the select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music.

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