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Wooster Jazz Ensemble to Perform Free Concert May 3

Concert will feature tenor saxophone soloist Javon Jackson

April 23, 2013 by Jeffrey Lindberg

The College of Wooster’s Jazz Ensemble will perform Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. at a special, free outdoor concert on the back patio of Lowry Center, 1189 Beall Avenue. Rain location is McGaw Chapel.

The Ensemble is under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, professor of music, who also directs the highly acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation.

Friday’s concert will feature tenor saxophone soloist Javon Jackson. Both artist and composer, Jackson has appeared on more than 135 recordings and toured around the world. His current group, the Javon Jackson Band, incorporates many styles, including jazz, funk, R&B, and rock. Also illustrating Jackson’s eclecticism is his full-length score for the Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Lodger,” commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival in 2010.

Selections include “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb, “River's Invitation” by Percy Mayfield,“A Taste of Honey” by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow, “The Magilla” by Duke Pearson, “Wade In The Water” (traditional) “Griff 'n' Jaws” by Francy Boland, and “When We Were One” by Johnny Griffin.

The concert gives the Wooster community the opportunity to bid farewell to members of the ensemble and jazz combos who are graduating: Micah Motenko, piano; Darius Dixson, drums; Frederick Evans, bass;  Brian Maier, tenor saxophone; and Adrian Murphy, guitar.