URI Jazz Series I
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:30am to 9:30am
Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 105 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
The URI Fall Jazz Series will kick off with the first of its four jazz concerts. Featured ensembles will be the URI Jazz Collective, directed by Mark Berney, and the "Return of the Cool" Ensemble - Music of Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and George Russell - directed by Eric Hofbauer. Hofbauer's group will perform arrangements by him and the ensemble: David Murphy, alto sax, Clay Nordhill, guitar, Bruce Haigst, guitar, and Dylan LaGamma, bass. Because of the unique instrumentation of the group, they play repertoire from the 'Cool' style of jazz which blends elements of composition and improvisation. Hofbauer says, "My group takes a post-modern take on the classic 'cool' style characteristics. Since we don't have drums, everyone in the band has to be a 'rhythmic' type player, everyone must play accompaniment rolls, utilize lots of counterpoint, harmonize melodies etc. The sound is rich, intimate and full of personality."
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