JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

with guest artist Joe Sullivan, composer/trumpet

Tuesday, February 10 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


PHOTO BY BOB ADAMEK

The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Virginia Music Educator's Association annual convention.

The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The ensemble has performed with jazz artists Dick Oatts, John Clayton, Justin DiCioccio, Paul McKee, Dave Glenn, Joseph Eckert, Charles Bubeck, Clay Jenkins, Antonio Garcia, John D’Earth, Chris Merz, Dana Landry and Jim White. 

The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971; membership in this ensemble is determined via audition each semester. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Virginia Music Educator's Association annual convention.

Joe Sullivan is active as a performer, composer, arranger and bandleader. A prolific composer, Sullivan leads and has written extensively for both his jazz sextet and his jazz Big Band, and is active with a variety of small groups. He has seven compact discs to his name, the most recent being Whiskey Jack Waltz (Perry Lake Records 2013) with jazz quintet and Northern Ontario Suite (Perry Lake Records 2010) with the Joe Sullivan Big Band. He has served as conductor and arranger with the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra; has been a member of the Vic Vogel Big Band for some 25 years; has appeared as a trumpet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; and has performed with numerous jazz artists of international repute including Slide Hampton, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Pat Labarbera, Kirk Macdonald, Rémi Bolduc, John Medeski, John McNeil, Alain Caron, George Garzone and Ranee Lee. http://joesullivan.ca/


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