Wooster Jazz Ensembles Concert Features Eric Gould Quartet

Will perform Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Freedlander Theatre

14 March, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

The College of Wooster’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, professor of music, and Greg Slawson, jazz piano instructor, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 31, at Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St.

The concert features the Eric Gould Quartet, which will perform original music and arrangements of classical jazz favorites. Pia­­­nist, composer, and arranger Eric Gould is chair of the Jazz Composition Department at Berklee and has taught at The College of Wooster and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His compositions have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and commissioned and performed by the Canton Symphony. Tenor saxophonist Bill Pierce is chair of the woodwind department at Berklee. Drummer and percussionist Yoron Israel leads the Boston-based quartet, High Standards. Bass player Leon Lee Dorsey has performed with luminaires such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and with big band standouts such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

The Wooster Jazz Ensemble will accompany the Quartet on Gould’s arrangements of “Tricotism,” “Bohemia After Dark,” “If You Could See Me Now,” and “Mating Call.”

Also soloing is College of Wooster senior vocalist Thea Kwan, who will perform “April in Paris,” by Vernon Duke and  “Evil Gal Blues” by Dinah Washington. Sophomore saxophonist Eric Guberman will solo in “Addi” by Duke Ellington.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Buehler’s Milltown and Towne Market, Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore, and The Wooster Book Company. Students will be admitted free of charge.  For more information contact Jeff Lindberg at 330-263-2047 or jlindberg@wooster.edu.