Jazz music will be 'in the air' Feb. 15 at the Majestic Theater

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The 19th Annual Winter Jazz Concert will take place Feb. 15 at the Majestic Theater.

The Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble, directed by music professor John "Buzz" Jones, will perform a broad variety of jazz styles from big band swing to contemporary fusion. The 8 p.m. performance will feature guest vocalist Kathy Kosins. Tickets are $5 with a college identification and $10 for general admission. All proceeds benefit the Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble's Mediterranean Jazz Tour of Italy and Greece in May. Tickets may be purchased from the Majestic Box Office by calling 717-337-8200 or visiting www.majestictheater.org.

The Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of 18 to 20 students. All styles of jazz are studied encompassing swing, Latin, fusion, bop and American popular standards of the Big Band Era. The group has performed at the Montreux, Vienné and North Sea Jazz Festivals, opened for Ray Brown, Phil Woods and Kenny Baron and participated in the Villanova and George Mason Intercollegiate Jazz Festivals.

Jones is a professor of music and director of Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music. He coordinates the theory program and teaches jazz history, counterpoint and composition. During his tenure as director of bands (1989-2002), the program grew in size from 35 to 90 musicians performing more than 20 concerts annually. Moreover, the number of music majors and minors doubled while he served as department chair (1999-2005). He has directed the jazz ensemble for eighteen years and led the group on three summer tours of Europe.

A native of Detroit, Kosins began singing and arranging background vocals in the 1980s, acquiring more than 35 credits to her name. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Cararre (Sony) and Quality Records, and toured with Was/Not Was. In the 1990s, her musical taste changed to jazz. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to the 1996 release of "All In A Dreams Work." Her 2002 release, "Mood Swings," continues to bring her recognition and success at the national level. Her album "Vintage" is a rediscovery of little-known songbook gems paired with widely known yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition.

The Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College combines Gettysburg's superb music tradition and its strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 2005 through a $15.7 million gift from 1919 graduate Dr. F. William Sunderman Sr., the conservatory offers three degrees -- bachelor of music in performance, bachelor of arts in music, and bachelor of science in music education -- as well as a minor in music.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 1/31/08

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010 

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2008

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