Jazz 4 Justice

Jazz 4 Justice

September 29, 2012 Saturday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall

Take a walk down memory lane with hits from the big-band swing era. This second annual concert features JMU’s Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Chuck Dotas, as well as award-winning faculty members and a special guest conductor. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in a post-concert jam session in the Grand Lobby. This concert is in partnership with Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference and benefits the Diversity Conference, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc., and JMU’s School of Music scholarships.

Ticket price: $15. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pick-up at the Will Call window.

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Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. (BRLS) is a nonprofit charitable law firm providing free legal assistance in civil matters of critical importance to low-income residents of the Shenandoah Valley and Roanoke Valley. BRLS is committed to eliminating poverty-based inequities in the civil justice system by providing high-quality legal advice and representation to low-income residents of the Shenandoah Valley and Roanoke Valley, who would otherwise be unable to obtain legal help due to their poverty. Visit www.brls.org for more information.

The Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference was established in 2010 with the approval of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Conference provides a unique opportunity for those in the legal profession to assist in meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The mission of the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference is to foster and encourage diversity in admission to the bar, to foster and encourage diversity in advancement in the profession, to foster and encourage diversity in the judiciary, to facilitate diversity in professional leadership opportunities, and to ensure that Virginians’ changing legal needs are met. Visit www.dcvsb.org for more information.

Chuck Dotas is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at James Madison University, where he directs the JMU Jazz Ensemble. Professor Dotas also founded and coordinates the JMU Office of International Programs’ Summer Study Abroad jazz residency “The Arts and Culture of Montreal.” Professor Dotas earned degrees at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay (BA), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (DA). Prior to assuming directorship of the Jazz Studies program at JMU, Dr. Dotas taught on the Faculty of Jazz Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and taught in the Wisconsin public schools for six years.

He is active as a clinician and composer-in-residence at universities and jazz festivals throughout the United States, and is well known as a composer and arranger. He has been commissioned to compose for the Staunton Music Festival yearly since 2005, and his music for jazz ensemble has been performed in Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and throughout the United States. His music is published by UNC Jazz Press, Walrus Music, and Margun Music.

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, Justic DiCioccio, Paul McKee, Dave Glenn, Joseph Eckert, Charles Bubeck, Clay Jenkins, Antonio Garcia, John D’Earth, Chris Merz, Dana Landry and Jim White.

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