WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS: The University Jazz Ensemble Concert: Students in the Spotlight

April 08, 2021

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm



W&L’s University Jazz Ensemble presents ‘Students in the Spotlight’
Jazz Lives at WLU and performs on Cannan Green

For the first time in 16 months, the University Jazz Ensemble will perform to a live audience on April 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Cannan Green.

The performance will be streamed online from Cannan Green at https://livestream.com/wlu.

The Cannan Geeen concert is open ONLY to members of the W&L community. In order to be admitted, audience members will check-in, have their temperature recorded, and provide their daily attestation. Masking and social distancing protocols will be vigorously enforced. Tickets are not required.

The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Terry Vosbein, has been going strong since last August and the student musicians are eager to share their hard work.

In addition to the 18-piece big band, a jazz quartet featuring Truman Chancy ’22, Robert Masi ’21, Walker Payne ’21 and Will Morris ’23 will open the concert.

In late 2020, the Jazz Ensemble commissioned composer Christopher Rochester to write a piece for this concert. His new work, entitled “B Delight” will be featured on the upcoming concert. According to the composer, “Jazz, funk, and disco collide to create a musical canvas…I attempted to channel the idea of positivity, happiness, and delight. It is an exciting composition that the band has a lot of fun playing.”

The Jazz Ensemble will premiere a swinging new composition by band member/saxophonist Truman Chancy ’22, called “Popping Popcorn.” Other titles include two by composer Maria Schneider, who just received a pair of Grammy awards for her jazz work.

Clarinetist Carissa Petzold ’21 will be featured on a 1939 composition “Camel Hop," written by Mary Lou Williams for Benny Goodman. And Duke Ellington’s theme song “Take the A Train” will set the concert in motion.

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