October 4, 2010

SFJAZZ Collective Will Meet with Students and Perform at the Williams Center Oct. 14

SFJAZZ Collective, Courtesy of Walt Denson

The SFJAZZ Collective will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 14, for a lecture, workshop and an 8 p.m. performance at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Ensemble members will present a performance/lecture on the foundations of jazz composition, improvisation, and ensemble arranging at 4:15 p.m. Artistic director Miguel Zenon and pianist Ed Simon will give a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $22 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. They collaborate annually in an extraordinary creative laboratory of composition, performance, and touring, under the tutelage of Randall Kline and his renowned San Francisco Jazz Festival. Each SFJAZZ tour features original compositions and arrangements by the members, while also paying tribute to a major figure in jazz—the 2010 tour honors Horace Silver.

The 2010 touring ensemble is comprised of Zenon, Simon, saxophonist Mark Turner, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, trombonist Luis Bonilla, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, drummer Eric Harland, and bassist Matt Penman.

Other performances in the 2010-11 Jazz Masters series will be the Saxophone Summit, Feb. 6, $22 and the Kenny Werner Quintet with special guests David Sanchez and Randy Brecker, March 8, $20.

WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is the media partner for this concert.

The performance and residency activities are supported by a special ArtsConnect grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The 2010-2011 Jazz Masters series is partially underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.

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