November 30, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— On Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Building at Amherst College, kicking off a string of jazz concerts that will run throughout the month of December. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bruce Diehl, will liven up Buckley with musical selections by Count Basie, George Banson, Santiago Cerda, Thelonious Monk, Les Hooper and others. Several students, especially seniors, will perform as featured soloists. The concert, sponsored by the Amherst College Music Department, is free and open to the public.

The music department will also feature three other concerts on December 4, 6 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Amherst College Keefe Campus Center. These concerts will feature original jazz compositions, arrangements and tunes drawn from the American songbook. For more information, please contact Bruce Diehl at 413/542-8303 or visit the Jazz@Amherst Website.