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Small Jazz Ensemble to Perform Monday


The Lee University Small Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert in the Dixon Center on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., under the direction of Dr. José Ruiz, James Ward, and Dr. Nathan Warner.

The evening’s performance will feature arrangements of Sting’s “Fragile,” Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone,” and Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time,” among others.

For the first time, two small jazz ensemble groups will perform, with section one directed by Warner and Ward and section two by Ruiz and Ward. The groups include drums, vocals, saxophone, bass, guitar, piano, trumpet, and percussion.

“These students are extremely gifted and hardworking, making it a true joy to work with them this semester,” said Ruiz. “By fostering an independent learning environment, each ensemble member contributed and imprinted their unique identity to all of the arrangements.”

The Lee University Small Jazz Ensembles perform traditional and recently written literature for small ensembles. A frequent award winner at national festivals, the ensembles performs for campus, school, and civic events.

Ruiz, assistant professor of music business, has a solid history of achievement in performance, production, education, clinician work, and research. He is a Latin Grammy Award winner and a recipient of 42 International Downbeat Student Music Awards over the last 11 years.

Ward, commercial piano instructor, has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe as a recording artist and singer/songwriter. As an educator, he has served as a guest lecturer with the Thomas F. Staley Foundation on college campuses including Covenant, Geneva, Eastern, Gordon, Calvin, and Malone Colleges

Warner, assistant professor of music, performs regularly as a classical, orchestral, commercial, big band, and jazz artist in New York City, where he lived for 15 years. An advocate for music education for inner city youth, he served as the music teacher at St. Mark the Evangelist School in Harlem, New York.

The event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information about the concert and other School of Music events, contact (423) 614-8240.



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