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KSU Jazz Ensembles Plan Big Band Favorites in November

Posted Nov, 10, 2009

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music presents the Kent State Jazz Ensemble in concert on Monday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in The University Auditorium in Carol A. Cartwright Hall. Under the tutelage of Associate Professor of Jazz Studies Charles “Chas” Baker, the Jazz Ensemble concert will feature both of Kent State’s big bands – Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2.  The concert is free and open to the public.

“Our educational mission allows for a variety of musical styles, from well-known, classic jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and Gil Evans to more contemporary figures like Herbie Hancock and Bob Mintzer,” said Baker. “Jazz Ensemble 1 will be doing a fantastic piece by the incomparable Bob Brookmeyer, Dance For Life.”  A number of student soloists will also be featured.

Carol A. Cartwright Hall is located at 650 Hilltop Drive on the main campus of Kent State.  Free parking is available in rear off Terrace Drive. For more information, please call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609 or visit www. dept.kent.edu/music.

About the Conductor
An Akron resident and member of the Kent music faculty since 1977, Baker is a highly sought after soloist, lecturer and conductor. After a distinguished stint in the military, including membership in the both the 19th U.S. Army Band and the 1st Air Cavalry Division Band, Baker has been an active player in the Cleveland area, performing with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, at The Cleveland Bop Stop, and for Cleveland Playhouse Square productions, playing for such artists as Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Terry Gibbs and David Sanborn.

Baker has written jazz compositions and arrangements for The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Unit, Kent Jazz Ensembles and area high school jazz bands. He is active as clinician, soloist and adjudicator in public schools and colleges throughout Northeastern Ohio. He has directed the OMEA All State High School Jazz Band and the IAJE/OMEA All State Collegiate Jazz Band.

He received his B.A. and M.M. degrees from Kent State University and graduated from the U.S. Army/Navy School of Music at Norfolk, Virginia.
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Media Contact: Charles “Chas” Baker, chbaker@kent.edu or 330-672-4545