April 12, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-- Amherst College has set its jazz concert schedule for the remainder of the spring, with combos and ensembles to perform throughout April and May. The jazz program, run by Bruce Diehl, will offer three performances, all of which are free and open to the public.

The first two concerts, featuring Amherst College jazz combos, will take place in the Frontroom of Keefe Campus Center at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 25, Omnium Gatherum will host the University of Massachusetts Vocal Jazz Ensemble, performing both classic and lesser-known works. On Thursday, May 2, Diminished Nine and Jazz Ambassadors will perform music by a number of prominent artists, including Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Al Cohn, Dave Brubeck, Dave Liebman and Wes Montgomery.

The final concert of the season will be that of the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bruce Diehl, at 8 p.m. on Saturday. May 4 in Buckley Recital Hall. This evening will feature music written mostly within the last 20 years, including that of Fred Sturm, Matt Harris, Oliver Nelson, Bill Holman and Gil Evans.

In addition to his work at Amherst, Diehl will also lead the Smith College Wind Ensemble and Smith College Jazz Ensemble in music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Henry Fillmore, Elliot Del Borgo and others at Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. More information on jazz at Amherst College can be found at http://www.amherst.edu/~jazz.