April 29, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform its final concert of the academic year at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 2, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College. This concert is free and open to the public.

Featured on this program will be the première of "City Scape," an exciting new three-movement piece by Nathan Childers. This is to be the first in an annual series of works commissioned by and written for the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, called "The Robin McBride Jazz Commission Series." Robin McBride, a 1959 graduate of Amherst, is an ardent supporter of jazz efforts in performance and education at Amherst College. In addition to the new piece, the Jazz Ensemble will perform work of such noted composers as Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Matt Harris, as well several chestnuts associated with Frank Sinatra.

A freelance saxophonist, composer and teacher currently on the scene in New York City and throughout New England, Childers will be a featured soloist with the ensemble. Seniors who have been involved in the jazz performance program at Amherst will be honored. For more information, please visit the jazz at Amherst Website, or 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.