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Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble Presents Cotemporary and Classic Big Band Masterworks

Feb 11, 2014

Media Release

February 11, 2014

(for immediate release)


Contact: Kevin Whalen                                           

Phone: (706) 649-7277                                                



Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble Presents Cotemporary and Classic Big Band Masterworks


(Columbus, Georgia) The Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble, the flagship large ensemble of the CSU Jazz Studies Program, will perform its fourth concert of the season featuring the music of Oliver Nelson, Freddie Green, Thad Jones, Wil Swindler, and Bob Brookmeyer in Columbus. The concert will be held at 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts (900 Broadway) on the RiverPark campus of Columbus State University.   Admission is free for the general public, and all community members are encouraged to attend. Tickets and/or reservations are not necessary. More information is available at 706-649-7277 or at

The Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece large jazz ensemble focused on presenting the best in classic and modern big band music.  For this concert, the band will perform a varied selection of big band repertoire spanning 50 years of jazz history.  Selections will include Blues and the Abstract Truth by Oliver Nelson, Corner Pocket from the Count Basie Library, First Love Song by Bob Brookmeyer, Elska from the library of the North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, and Don’t Git Sassy, made famous by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Whalen, the Jazz Studies Program builds upon the mission of the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music by offering its students engaging jazz performance opportunities synchronized with in-depth study of jazz music. The program also hosts several small jazz combos, a jazz workshop experience, and a thorough curriculum of jazz courses designed to enhance performance ability and prepare future music educators to teach jazz in their communities.

The next performance from the Columbus State University Jazz Studies Program will take place March 26, 2014 at the RiverCenter Studio Theatre and will feature the program’s jazz combos.