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Eastman Jazz Ensemble to perform on Holmes stage

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble will perform at Alfred University (AU) on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. The concert is presented by the AU Performing Arts Division and is open to the public free of charge.

Hailing from the University of Rochester and under the direction of Bill Dobbins, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble is one of the world’s premier collegiate jazz performing organizations.  Alumni of the ensemble have gone on to pursue successful careers in composing, orchestration, and performing.  

The evening’s program will include “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “A Day in the Life,” “Little Rock Getaway,” “Broadway,” “Sweet and Slow,” “Apple Core,” “Canço I Dansa VI,” “Canço I Dansa XIV,” “Stan’s Blues,” and “Canonic Passacaglia, Blues and Vamp ’Til Ready.”

Dobbins is professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School, where he teaches the jazz composing and arranging courses and directs not only the Jazz Ensemble but also the Eastman Studio Orchestra.

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and its members have earned frequent recognition both as an ensemble and in soloist, arranger, and composer categories in the annual Downbeat Student Recording Awards and at collegiate jazz festivals throughout the northeastern United States.

Alumni of the ensemble have been heard in the bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin, Doc Severinsen, Chuck Mangione, Chick Corea, and Maria Schneider (herself an Eastman graduate).