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The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Bret Pimentel, will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, in the Delta and Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.
The Delta State Jazz Ensemble is a 15-piece “big band” made up of music majors and non-music majors selected by competitive audition.
Big band jazz is characterized by tightly coordinated, high-energy playing from a large horn section made up of trumpets, trombones, and saxophones, working in partnership with a powerful, driving rhythm section of keyboards, bass, and drums. Individual group members often perform solos that are “improvised”—composed spontaneously in live performance.
The ensemble’s repertoire includes favorites from the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 1940’s as well as more contemporary jazz styles from the 1950’s to the present. This year’s fall concert lineup includes swing classics from the repertoires of the Count Basie and Glenn Miller bands, fiery Afro-Cuban sounds, lush ballads, and newer jazz sounds influenced by rock and hip-hop. The concert will feature over a dozen talented student and community soloists.
The concert is free and open to the public.