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Kent State University Jazz Ensemble Prepares for its Fall Performance

Posted Nov. 1, 2010

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The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University will present the Kent State Student Jazz Ensemble on Monday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. The concert will be in the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, located at 650 Hilltop Drive. The concert is free and open to the public.

"Anyone who comes to the concert will enjoy a night of entertainment, while at the same time learning some interesting Jazz history," Chas Baker, associate professor at Kent State and director of Jazz Ensemble says.

Students participating in the Jazz Ensembles are part of a one-credit hour course. Students rehearse for their concerts in and out of the classroom. "A lot of work goes into making these concerts a success," Baker says. "Along with class rehearsals, students rehearse outside of the classroom as well as with their instrument sections."

Baker has directed the Kent State Jazz Ensemble since 1977. In addition to conducting the Jazz Ensembles at Kent, he also teaches courses in Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Composition and Arranging, and MIDI technology. Baker received his B.A. and M.M. degrees from Kent State University and graduated from the U.S. Army/Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1997 Baker received the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Kent State Alumni Association and the Kent State University Foundation.

For more information, please call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609 or visit the School of Music website.

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For more information, contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398