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Swing, Latin classics, funk to fill Jazz Band concert

On Monday, April 28, the Alfred University (AU) Jazz Band, under the direction Dr. Christopher Foster, will perform in the Miller Theater at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The band will play an eclectic mix of tunes including swing pieces such as “I Got Rhythm” and Charles Mingus’s “Moanin’,” as well as the Latin classic “Afro Blue,” and an original Pat Metheny funk tune, “Hangin’ with My Peeps, Afternoon.”

Foster is director of bands and assistant professor of music at AU, directing the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in music-performance from the University of Nevada-Reno.

He has performed professionally as a freelance musician and with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque Trumpet Ensemble; the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra; Reno Chamber Orchestra; Nevada Opera; Reno Jazz Orchestra; and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. He has been a guest conductor at the Lake Tahoe Music Camp and has directed concert, jazz, and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, NV.