Small Jazz Ensembles
If solo jazz aspires to the highest form of individualism, and if big band jazz embodies the soul of unbridled but organized expression, the small jazz ensemble is a rich gumbo that can taste a little like big band or more like solo jazz. A genre in and of itself, the small band configuration is ideal for bringing together musicians of many levels in a happy coexistence. The accomplished improviser can polish skills and push on into uncharted territory, while the neophyte gets the hang of things, waiting for the right moment to step out in front to experience an exhilarating brief foray into the fast rushing stream of musical creation. Sink or swim, the small jazz group challenges and thrills thoroughly.
This Small Jazz Ensembles concert offers a who’s who in the Williams jazz scene. Artist Associate in Trombone and Co-Director John Wheeler, whose recording credits include many of the biggest acts in the music business today, trains an ensemble that explores the classic standards. The second group is mentored by Avery Sharpe, Artist Associate in Jazz Bass, and Co-Director. Mr. Sharpe is a renowned bass player who has performed with such jazz legends as McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, and Art Blakey, just to name a few.