2006-11-16 / Upcoming Events

URI jazz series begins Nov. 28

This year the fall jazz series offered by the University of Rhode Island has been expanded into four nights of student and faculty jazz performances. Two big bands and seven exceptional combos covering a range of jazz styles from Dixieland to the blues and jazz standards of the '40s and '50s to Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman will be featured.

The longer concert series, which begins Nov. 28 and continues on Dec. 1, 5, and 7, reflects how the URI jazz program is continuing to grow, according to the program director, Grammy Award-winning pianist and Associate Professor Joseph Parillo.

The concert on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. kicks off the series with performances by three ensembles: the URI Preparatory Jazz Combo directed by Dave

Zinno , the Standards Jazz Combo and the Coltrane, Dolphy and Coleman Ensemble, directed by Eric Hofbauer, playing selections from three of the most important saxophonists of the 1960s.

On Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., the Traditional Dixieland Jazz Band directed by Gary Buttery and the B101 Jazz Big Band directed by Joe Parillo will perform. The Dec. 5 concert, at 7:30 p.m., will feature the Modal Jazz Ensemble directed by Jared Sims, along with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble directed by Eric Platz.

The final night of the series is Thursday, Dec. 7, featuring special guest retired Navy Band jazz guitarist John Monllos. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Swinging Blues Ensemble directed by Monllos will perform, followed by the C100 Jazz Big Band directed by Mark Berney.

All Concerts will be held in the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall off Upper College Road on URI's Kingston campus. Admission to the weekday evening concerts is free. Admission for the Friday night concert is $8 for the general public, $2 for students. Seating is on a first-come basis.

For more information, call the URI Music Department at 874- 2431.

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