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Kent State University Jazz Department Offers a Special Concert with Guest Artist Carl Allen

Big Week for Jazz

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Jazz Department presents a free concert on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent State University Kent campus. Free parking.

World-renowned jazz drummer Carl Allen joins the Kent State University Jazz Combos, under the direction of faculty members Theron Brown, Chris Coles and Aidan Plank, for an electrifying concert. This concert will also feature the Faculty Jazz Combo performing several charts with Carl Allen. The Nova Jazz Singers will also perform. While Allen is on campus, students will not only have an opportunity to perform with him but to also work with him in a workshop setting. Preceding this extraordinary collaborative performance is a busy couple of days for the Jazz Department. On Sunday, Nov. 20 professors Bobby Selvaggio and Noa Even will host over 30 saxophonists for the annual Kent State Saxophone Day. Attendees will experience performances by faculty, guest artists and students throughout the day. Then, on Monday, Nov. 21, the Large Jazz Ensembles, directed by Bobby Selvaggio and Chris Coles, will perform in Ludwig Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer Carl Allen has over 200 recordings to his credit and is a bandleader, entrepreneur and educator. In his final year of college, Allen started playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and was, for eight years, his Musical Director. Allen has performed and recorded with artists such as Benny Golson, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Herbie Hancock, Nellie McKay, Terence Blanchard, Phil Woods, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs and many others. A dedicated teacher and former director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard, he endeavors to nurture the next generations of peformers and presents workshops all over the world. His entrepreneurial spirit has led to the successful founding of both Big Apple Productions and Nella Productions, from which stemmed the New York Jazz Symposium. Today, Allen continues to maintain a tireless schedule of performing, teaching and recording.

All events are free and open to the public.

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