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Small Jazz Ensemble to Perform Thursday

Jazz Ensemble to Perform

he Lee University Jazz Ensemble will perform its spring concert in the Dixon Center on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble will be coached by Dr. Nathan Warner and Keith Brown.

The evening will feature compositions such as “The Jody Grind” by Horace Silver, “The Things We Did Last Summer” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, “I Wish You Love” by Léo Chauliac and Charles Trenet, and “It’s You or No One” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

The ensemble will include performances by Lee students Branden Tello, Jalil Muhammad, Apryl Raymond, Luke Wild, Mathew Zalusky, Jacob Coleman, Victor Johnson and Josh Hill.

The Lee University Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and recent literature for the traditional big band. The ensemble includes rhythm, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. A frequent award winner at national festivals, they perform for campus, school, and civic events.

Warner, assistant professor of music, earned his doctor of musical arts in trumpet performance from Stony Brook University in New York. He performs regularly as a classical, orchestral, commercial, big band, and jazz artist in New York City, where he lived for 15 years. As an advocate for music education for inner city youth, Warner served as the music teacher at St. Mark the Evangelist School in Harlem, New York.

A pianist, composer, bassist, and educator, Brown is a part-time faculty member in Lee’s School of Music. He earned his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He was invited to Meudon, France to record his debut jazz CD titled “Sweet and Lovely.” This CD was released world-wide. Brown has shared the stage with great artists such as Mike Clark, Jeff Coffin, Essiet Essiet, and Bill Mobley.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lee’s School of Music at (423) 614-8240.
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