Ann Arbor, MI - The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents the 2008 Jazz Festival Feature Concert in honor of Ray Brown Day, with guest artist The John Clayton Quintet on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Power Center in Ann Arbor at 8:00 p.m. The concert will also feature the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ellen Rowe.
Highlights of the concert will include John Clayton conducting the Jazz Ensemble in his arrangement of Squatty Roo" an iconic composition written by Johnny Hodges for the Duke Ellington Orchestra and moss Code", an original composition by Michael Mossman that will feature UM jazz faculty professor Michael Gould. The concert will end with a composition for six basses, written as a tribute to his mentor, Ray Brown, by John Clayton who will join Doug Stuart (student, University of Michigan), Marion Hayden (faculty, University of Michigan), Diana Gannett (faculty, University of Michigan), Rodney Whitaker (faculty, Michigan State University), and Robert Hurst (faculty University of Michigan) onstage. NPR will broadcast portions of the concert on an edition of their nationally syndicated show JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater" that will be aired in the summer of 2008. The Jazz Festival Feature Concert is the capstone to the University of Michigan Jazz Festival, a day-long event that features adjudication of high school jazz bands and combos by jazz artists Michael Mossman, Antonio Hart and UM jazz faculty members Marion Hayden and Ellen Rowe. There will also be master classes offered by faculty members Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Michael Gould, Ed Sarath, Andrew Bishoip and Dennis Wilson. All of these events are free and open to the public and will take place at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance's Moore Building on the North Campus. As part of the Festival there will be a panel discussion with John Clayton, Marion Hayden, Rodney Whitaker, and Robert Hurst with moderator Linda Yohn (WEMU) about the life and career of Ray Brown. The lecture takes place at 1:00 p.m. in the Duderstadt Center Video Studio, located on the University of Michigan North Campus...
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