Jazz Ensemble

Williams Jazz Ensemble

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Jazz Ensembles giving their first performance of the season at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. This free event is open to the public. Ticket reservations are available through the ’62 Center box office.

Bandleader Andy Jaffe presents a concert with his new young talent. The program features the music of Duke Ellington, and will also feature compositions and arrangements by Gil Evans, Oliver Nelson, Thelonious Monk and others. Student composer/arranger Taylor Halperin ’14 will lead a small ensemble performing his compositions and arrangements, and vocalist Michelle Rodriguez ’12, saxophonists Brad Polsky ’12 and Chris Picardo ’11, and trumpeter Jonathan Dely ’15 are featured soloists with Jazz Ensemble. Also soloing: Christine Hulsizer ’13, Byron Perpetua ’14 and Jack Schweighauser ’15.

This concert is in keeping with the year’s Ellingtonian mission: keep your eye on the spring calendar for more of one America’s greatest composers.

Like other large ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble serves as flagship for a variety of related musical studies of musical endeavors, all related to the study of jazz. Students working with the jazz faculty pursue aspects of performance, composition, arranging, history and theory. The Jazz Ensemble itself offers an opportunity to explore ensemble and solo performance at its most practical level, with concert performances both on campus and off including tours that range far beyond the Berkshires. In addition, the Jazz Ensemble works with contemporary jazz artists in workshops and concerts.