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Jazz Band sets playlist for evening full of a variety of pieces

The Alfred University (AU) Jazz Band invites everyone to come enjoy an “Evening of Jazz” on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center. This event is open to the public free of charge. 

The band, comprised of student and faculty performers, is directed by Dr. Christopher Foster. The musicians will play a dynamic arrangement of jazz pieces, including Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside;” Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father;” “My Funny Valentine,” written by Richard Rogers; “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” by Mercer Ellington; Larry Neck’s “5.4 On the Richter Scale;” “I’m Beginning to See the Light” by Duke Ellington; Larry Barton’s “Abracadabra!;” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser; and Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”. 

Foster serves as director of Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir and is assistant professor of music at AU. Holding a master of music degree from the University of Nevada-Reno and a doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas, Denton, he is an experienced musician and teacher. He has performed with many symphonies and orchestras including the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, and the Gordy Brown Show at Harrah’s Casino.