Jazz Ensemble to Perform American Favorites

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 29, 2015 – High Point University’s Jazz Ensemble will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Directed by Dr. Robert Faub, adjunct instructor of saxophone, the Jazz Ensemble will present a concert of classic jazz standards and new works, including Miles Davis’ “Milestones,” Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa,” and one of Faub’s own compositions, “Getting Started.” Junior vocal major Laura Hutchins will be featured on George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess.”

Faub will pick up his saxophone and join HPU guitar instructor Mark Mazzatenta for a set of jazz standards. They will be joined by Hutchins on two ballads, Johnny Green’s “Body and Soul and “Pure Imaginationby Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

The HPU Jazz Ensemble is both a performance ensemble and a learning lab for the students.

“We strive to present authentic performances of standard jazz repertoire while learning about jazz style and improvisation,” Faub says. “Jazz is a collaborative music, so our students will be playing their own parts while also listening and responding to the others in the ensemble. We try to bring a fresh approach to standard jazz repertoire while remaining true to its original conception.”

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