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Trombonist Steve Davis performs with the Hayes School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble I at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Farthing Auditorium at Appalachian State University.
Admission is free. A meet and greet with Davis will follow the performance in Broyhill Music Center’s main lobby.
The ensemble is directed by Todd Wright.
The program includes Chick Corea’s “Armando’s Rhumba,” Bob Brookmeyer’s “Boom-Boom,” Sammy Nestico’s “How Sweet It Is” and Michael Philip Mossman’s “Cubauza.”
Davis will be featured on a selection of compositions by J.J. Johnson, such as “El Camino Real,” “Kelo,” “Lament” and Minor Mist and Davis’ composition “Optimism.”
Davis is regarded as a leading improviser on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him recognition during the 1990s while working with the bands of jazz greats Art Blakey and Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s acclaimed sextet Origin and the cooperative sextet One For All.
Davis graduated from The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.
It was Jackie McLean’s guidance and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major performance with Art Blakey in New York City in 1989.
Davis returned to Hartford in 1992 to join McLean’s sextet and begin teaching at the Hartt School and Artist’s Collective.
His CDs include “Outlook,” released by Positone Records, and “Eloquence,” a collaboration with pianist Hank Jones released by Jazz Legacy Productions.
Davis is featured on more than 100 recordings. In recent years, he has worked with a broad range of jazz icons, including the Larry Willis Quintet, Freddie Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet, Slide Hampton and The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni AllStar Big Band, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver and Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Trumpet chamber recital Feb. 28
James Stokes leads a faculty trumpet chamber recital Feb. 28 at Appalachian State University.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.
Stokes, an associate professor in Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music, will be joined by colleagues Brent Bingham, trumpet, Karen Robertson, horn, Drew Leslie, trombone and Chris Blaha, tuba.
Others providing accompaniment are pianists Laura Chu Stokes, Christina Hayes and Rodney Reynerson and percussionist Diana Loomer.
The program is comprised of “Morceau de Concours, Op. 57” by Giulio Alary, “Ceremonies for Trumpet and Piano” by Robert Suderburg, “Divertimento for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano” by Boris Blacher, “Economy Band” by David Van Vactor and “Maid of the Mist” by Herbert L. Clarke.
Joby Bell faculty recital March 1
Organist Joby Bell is the featured musician for a March 1 faculty recital at Appalachian State University.
The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
Bell is a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty.
The program opens with “March on a Theme of Handel, Op. 15, No. 2” by French composer and organist Alexandre Guilmant. It is one of his most often performed works. The first four notes of the composition are thought to have been taken from the chorus “Lift up your heads” from Handel’s “Messiah.”
Bell also will perform the contemporary composition “Appalachian Prelude” by Len D. Bobo. The composition was dedicated to Bell, who played its world premiere at the Washington National Cathedral in July 2005. The piece is a collage of rhythmically rousing renditions of hymn tunes.
Other compositions on the program are “Three Pieces” by Frank Bridge, “Choral No. 1 in E” by César Franck, “Prelude and Fugue in A, BWV 536” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Sonata Éroïca, Op. 94” by Joseph Jongen.