2004-2005 News

End of the Year Events

* Sunday, May 1st: 1:30pm workshop with Nathan Childers on "Making the Music Scene in NYC" in room 212, Music Building * Sunday, May 1st: 7:00pm open dress rehearsal, ACJE w/Nathan Childers in Buckley Recital Hall * Sunday, May 1st: 9:00 pm jam session in Room 7 with Nathan Childers

* Monday, May 2nd: 8:00 pm concert in Buckley featuring the Jazz Ensemble (see below)

* Wednesday, May 4th: 7:30 pm combo concert in Marsh House with the Plugs and Three Tenors

* Sunday, May 8th: 3:00 pm concert in the Frontroom featuring Music 36, TFG, and the Lissa/Jacob Duo

* Monday, May 9th: 7:00 pm concert in Buckley with The Shark Spaceship

Jazz Ensemble in Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform its final concert of the academic year on Monday, May 2, 2005. This free concert starts at 8:00pm and takes place in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Featured on this program will be the world-premiere of an exciting new piece, City Scape written by Nathan Childers. This three-movement piece is the first in an annual series of works commissioned by and written for the Jazz Ensemble. We have titled the commission series The Robin McBride Jazz Commission Series, named after Robin McBride, AC Class of 1959, an ardent supporter of jazz efforts in performance and education at Amherst College. Works by noted composers Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Matt Harris, and several chestnuts associated with Frank Sinatra will be performed by the Jazz Ensemble in addition to the Childers piece.

Childers, a freelance saxophonist/composer/teacher and clinician for Yamaha currently on the scene in New York City and venues throughout New England, will be a featured soloist with the ensemble. Seniors who have been involved in any capacity in the jazz performance program at Amherst will be honored. For more information, please call the Jazz Ensemble Director, Bruce Diehl at (413) 542-8308. Refreshments will follow the performance in the Green Room area behind Buckley Recital Hall.

Blue Nomads Jazz Combo in Concert!

The Blue Nomads will present their end-of-year concert on Sunday, April 24 at 8:00pm in Buckley Recital Hall. This dynamic group will perform mostly original compositions written especially for the group. The concert is free. More info is available by calling 542-8308.

Jam Session with Admitted Students

Catch a glimpse of the future of the Amherst jazz scene as current students and admitted students from the class of '09 join in a jam session on Sunday, April 17th, at 9:30 pm. The jam session will take place in Room 7 of the Arms Music Building and include featured guests Eugene Uman, piano, Joshua Tower, Bass, and Makaya McCraven on drums. As always, all students and admitted students are welcome, and as an added bonus, there will be free food.

Five College Jazz Festival Concert Recordings Online

You can now listen to the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble's recordingsfrom the Five College Jazz Festival on February 18th, 2005. Ignore the file names that have an underscore in front of them.

Recordings from the February 20th Combo Concert are now available online in the Combo section.

Five College Jazz Festival a Success

Thank you to all of you who helped out with or participated in the third annual Five College Jazz Festival. All of the concerts went well and students learned a lot from Walt Weiskopf's clinic on Saturday. Check back soon for photos of the events.

Jeremy Collins Thesis Performance

After the jam session, senior pianist Jeremy Collins will present his thesis this Friday, April 1st, at 8:00 pm in the Frontroom. The performance, entitled "The Lives and Music of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell," is free to the public. Assisting Jeremy will be Josh Tower, Claire Arenius, Bruce Diehl, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Stevenson, Michael Yang, Daniel McGeeney, and more. Make sure to swing by the Frontroom after the jam session!

Jam Session in Valentine This Friday

This Friday, April 1st, Jazz @ Amherst presents its first jam session of the spring semester in Valentine Annex from 5:00-7:00. Music faculty Josh Tower (bass) and Claire Arenius (drums) will be there to lend their expertise. Musicians of all ability levels are welcome, and the Valentine piano will make its world debut. Don't forget to bring your instrument to dinner this Friday!

Ann Maggs/Eugene Uman in Concert

Ann Maggs, Adjunct Jazz Voice Teacher at Amherst College will be accompanied by Eugene Uman, Adjunct Jazz Piano Teacher-also at Amherst College. The concert is slated for Friday, March 25th at noon in Buckley Recital Hall. It is a free concert with the theme of Music from Film. Though this performance takes place during the lunch hour, we do not allow food in Buckley. Ann assures us there will be plenty of time to eat following her performance.

Five College Jazz Festival

This year Amherst College is proud to present the third annual Five College Jazz Festival, which will last from Friday, February 18th, to Sunday, February 20th.

On Friday night, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will kick off the festival in Buckley Recital Hall with a free concert at 7 pm followed by performances by the Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Williams ensembles, including a special appearance by the UMASS Jazz and Vocal Jazz Ensembles.

On Saturday, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf will present a clinic and concert accompanied by Jeff Holmes (piano), Richard Downs (bass), and Rob Weiner (drums). This free event will take place from 1:30-6:00 pm at UMASS Fine Arts Center Room 44, and Five College students will the opportunity to play Walt's arrangements for the Walt Weiskopf Nonet during the clinic portion of the day beginning at 1:30. The group will have an open rehearsal at 3:00 and the concert will begin at 4:30. Walt's website can be found at http://www.waltweiskopf.com

The final day of the festival features jazz combos from Amherst, Smith, and UMASS in a 7:00 pm concert in Amherst College's Keefe Campus Center Frontroom.

For more information, contact Bruce Diehl at 532-8308 or check this website later for more details.

Women in Jazz Concert @UMASS

On Thursday, February 10, guest artist Allison Miller, drummer and composer, performs with female UMass Amherst graduates and alumni. The concert takes place at 8:00 pm in Bezanson Recital hall at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Cost is $5 for students and $10 general admission. For more information, visit http://www.umass.edu/umhome/events/articles/9987.php

Combo Recordings

For your listening pleasure, mp3 recordings of all of the combos' and duos' end-of-semester concerts are now available. To save, right click and choose "Save Link As." Unfortunately, photos will not be available till the end of January. We hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays and had a happy new year! Don't forget to practice your instruments so we can have a kickin' spring semester!

Combo Performances

Don't miss end-of-semester concerts for all six combos and the three duos!

Sunday, Dec. 12 @ 1:30pm in Buckley: 3 Tenors, Blue Nomads plus Dan/Becca Duo

Monday, Dec. 13 @ 7:30pm in Buckley: *TFG* and Young's Modulus plus Pat/Amrita Duo

Wednesday, Dec. 15 @ 7:30pm in Buckley: Plugs and Cables plus Lissa/Ben Duo

Jam Session in Valentine

In conjunction with Sushi Night, Valentine will host a special jam session on Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 pm in the annex. Leading the rhythm section will be professional musicians John Tower on bass, Mark Applegate on guitar, and Jay Alan Jackson on drums. Jazz players of all abilities and experience are welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

Jazz Ensemble Concert

This Friday, Dec. 3, the Jazz Ensemble will be performing in Buckley at 8:00pm with musical guests from Music 35. The concert will feature music by Herbie Mann, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and others, with a reception to follow in the Green Room.

Mp3s of the Jazz Ensemble and Duos

Now you can hear mp3s of the Jazz Ensemble and all three duos from their Family weekend concert in the Frontroom on October 30, 2004. Ignore the file names that start with "._" before the file name, we are still working on problems with the code. The second set of file names should work, however. More mp3s of the combos and photos should be up soon!

East Meets West Concert

On October 15th, jazz guitarist Freddie Bryant (class of '87) returns to Amherst for a concert of Indian Jazz-Fusion with Kaleidoscope and the Shubhendra Rao Duo. The performance will take place in Buckley Recital Hall at 8:00 pm. Look around campus for the poster and read the press release for more information.

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the Music Department, I wish to welcome all students to (and back to) Amherst College. We look forward to your artistic energies as we get another year rolling along! Orientation week was an incredible experience as we met and worked with several members of '08. This is a huge boost for us, and we're eager to get that energy channeled!! Read on for initial activities as we gather forces for the Jazz Ensemble and Combos.

First Meeting

The Jazz Ensemble will get things rolling on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7:00pm in Buckley. Combos will follow at 8:30. This will be the chance to meet everyone in your group and find awesome rehearsal times. See you there! Rosters for both the ACJE and the Combos will be posted soon.