The Concert Jazz Band will present an “All Basie” concert on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. This is the third jazz area performance of the academic year under the direction of Dr. Angelo Versace and Tony Belletti. Popular compositions and arrangements by Sammy Nestico, Neal Hefti, Billy Byers, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, John Clayton Jr. will be featured on the concert.
The UA Experiential ensemble will open for the Concert Jazz Band. They will be paying tribute to the late trumpeter/composer, Roy Hargrove, by performing “I’m No So Sure” which was recorded on his album “Earfood.” They will also perform Cannonball Adderley Sextet arrangements of “Gemini” and “Lillie.”
Please join the jazz area for future concerts in the 2018/19 school year: Jan 15th (SJE featuring Terrell Stafford); Feb 24th-March 1st (AZ Jazz Week); April 12th (CJB and SJE combined concert); and April 17th (combo concert)
About the Conductor:
Jazz pianist ANGELO VERSACE, a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, has been the director of jazz studies at the University of Arizona since 2014. He attended William Paterson University from 2004-2008, studying with Mulgrew Miller, a seminal figure in jazz and a man whom Versace cites as being a main musical influence. He subsequently earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Miami, studying jazz piano, jazz pedagogy, composition and arranging. During his time in Miami, Versace was on faculty at the Superior Academy of Music – an award-winning institution backed by the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. He also was on faculty at the CGCC Community Arts Program and Dillard High School – high school jazz band programs that found success at the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition. He began to work for the Tucson Jazz Institute (the two-time winner of the Essentially Ellington competition) after his move to Arizona in July of 2014. Versace has performed on twelve studio albums: two as a leader and ten as a sideman, including Jazz Hymns with guitarist Jerry Hahn and Kristian 3.0 with Take-6 vocalist, Khristian Dentley. He has also had the privilege of working as a sideman with several internationally recognized artists: Lewis Nash, Warren Wolf, Marcus Printup, Brice Winston, Joe Saylor, Troy Roberts, Dave Stryker, Roxy Coss and Chuck Israels. He has had the privilege of working as a sideman with several internationally recognized artists: Khristian Dentey, Lewis Nash Warren Wolf, Marcus Printup, Brice Winston, Joe Saylor, Troy Roberts, Dave Stryker, Roxy Coss and Chuck Israels. Versace has been contracted as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, producer, music director and an engraver.
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