300 Summit St
Hartford, CT 06106
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
The Trinity Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kris Allen, will perform works by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Wayne Shorter, among others, on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Austin Arts Center’s Goodwin Theater. Admission is free.
Special guest percussionist Kirk Woodard will join the 13-member band, whose members are: Elizabeth Preysner ’13 and Destin Dopwell ’15, flute; Ashish Adhikari ’13, bass; Austin Tewksbury ’13, guitar; Cheryl Barber ’13, piano; Oscar Cruz-Machado ’15, and Philip Cho ’15, trumpet; Eva Lauer ’14 and Laura Nicholas ’14, clarinet; Marc Alexis ’13, tenor saxophone; and Megan O’Brien ’14, Ben Williams ’15, and Molly Parent ’15, alto saxophone.
According to Kris Allen, a visiting lecturer in Music at Trinity College, the Jazz Ensemble “learns styles that span the gamut of jazz history, from traditional swing to fusion and jam band funk.” He added, “The students work hard on improving individually and as a group, with a focus on creative improvising, group interplay, and solid grooves.”
This concert will feature eight selections from the following ten works: “A Certain Attitude” by James Williams; “Blue Bossa” and “Minor’s Holiday” by Kenny Dorham; “Ah-Leu-Cha/ Chasin the Bird” by Charlie Parker, arranged by Kris Allen; “Speak No Evil,” “Infant Eyes,” and “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter; “Seven Steps to Heaven” by Victor Feldman; “Milestones” by Miles Davis; and “One for Trane” by Micky Bass.
Kris Allen is a West Hartford native who found a mentor in jazz great Jackie McLean. A saxophonist and composer in his own right, Allen leads his own quartet, often plays alongside his wife, the pianist and composer Jen Allen, and is artistic director of the Hartford Jazz Societyʼs New Directions Ensemble. In addition, he is a senior artist teacher of saxophone at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a teaching artist at the Litchfield Jazz Festival.
Parking behind the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College is free. For directions, visit trincoll.edu or call the Austin Arts Center at 860-297-2199.