Jazz Studies Department to Host Concerts for Fall 2016
By Holly Disch
The Jazz Studies Department, part of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, is hosting a number of events this fall including concerts that are free and open to the public.
The following concerts and events will feature ensembles and special guest musicians in November:
- Monday, Nov. 14, Jazz Orchestra, 4 p.m., at Kent Roosevelt High School
- Sunday, Nov. 20, Kent State Saxophone Day, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 21, Large Ensemble Concert featuring Jazz Workshop Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m., at Ludwig Recital Hall
- Tuesday, Nov. 22, Jazz Combos, Nova Jazz Singers and the Faculty Jazz Ensemble with special guest Carl Allen, 8 p.m., at Ludwig Recital Hall
A concert also took place Oct. 11 featuring the Hal Galber Quartet with guest artist Jerry Bergonzi at Ludwig Recital Hall. Bergonzi is an internationally known tenor saxophonist who is an educator at the New England Conservatory. He has performed with many well-known jazz artists such as Dave Brubeck throughout his career.
Allen is an accomplished drummer, educator, clinician and bandleader. He began playing soul and gospel and eventually developed an interest in jazz when he was 13 years old.
“At first, I didn’t listen to traditional jazz, more fusion,” Allen says. “The first drummer I was really into was Billy Cobham, then I later started checking out more traditional jazz drummers.”
Allen visited Kent State a few years ago to do a clinic with Kent State’s Director of Jazz Studies Bobby Selvaggio.
Although Allen and Selvaggio collaborated a couple times professionally, they connected musically right away. The Nov. 22 concert is the first Allen and Selvaggio were able to coordinate Allen coming back to Kent State.
“One of the reasons I commit my time to do these types of performances and educational opportunities is because I was fortunate and blessed to be given so many life and musical lessons through a lot of my mentors and people that I grew up listening to,” Allen says. “I want Kent State to support the music and support the students.”
Another event, Kent State Saxophone Day, is an all-day event on Sunday, Nov. 20, where students will improve upon skills in competitions, performances and ensembles.
The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State is one of the most distinguished music schools in the Midwest. The upcoming events will showcase the talent of students and faculty at Kent State.
For more information about Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and upcoming events, visit www.kent.edu/music.