The CENTRE FOR JAZZ & POPULAR MUSIC (UKZN) presents Jazz students from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond  (VCU Jazz Combo), with a programme of Jazz standards this Thursday 02 August 2012, at 18h00.

The Jazz Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia has been thriving for over 30 years. It provides its students outstanding opportunities to pursue jazz performance and writing, as evidenced in part by such successful former students as Steve Wilson (sax, Chick Corea’s Origin).

James Genus (bass, Saturday Night Live Band; recordings with Dave Douglas, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern and John Abercrombie); Victor Goines (sax/clarinet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra); Clarence Penn (drums, Maria Schneider Orchestra); Alvester Garnett (drums, recordings with Abbey Lincoln, Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter); Mark Shim (sax, Blue Note recording artist, member of Terence Blanchard sextet); Al Waters (sax, featured with Ray Charles); Alvin Walker (trombone, Count Basie Orchestra), Daniel Clarke (pianist, Mandy Moore, k.d. lang); and Emre Kartari (drums; Jazz Department, Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey). Students also benefit from VCU’s acclaimed Music Industry course, plus Digital Recording courses in the area and the extremely active music and arts scene in Richmond, Virginia that surrounds VCU.

In June 2012 VCU Jazz Studies received a VCU “International Partnerships Major Initiatives Award” (IPMI) to bring American and African citizens together in musical and personal understanding. Titled “VCU and the University of KwaZulu-Natal: A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding,” this grant project will bring together students and faculty of the Jazz Studies Programs of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. VCU representatives will make two trips to UKZN, plus two by UKZN to VCU, each team including one faculty member and six university students. Newly commissioned works, joint concerts, internet collaborations, curricular reviews, and cultural opportunities round out the shared experience.
 
Don’t miss VCU Jazz Combo, consists of Trey Sorrells (alto sax),Brendan Schnabel (tenor sax), Victor Haskins (trumpet), Chris Ryan (guitar), Justin Esposito (bass), C.J. Wolfe (drums)and Director of Jazz Studies at VCU, Antonio Garcia on trombone.
 
 
DATE                    : Thursday 2 August 2012
TIME                     : 18h00 (Doors opens at 17h30)
TICKETS             : R35,(Pensioners R20) (Students R10)
VENUE                : Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone bldg.
TEL.                     : 031 260 3385
Email                   : Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

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