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Jazz Ensemble Offers Tribute to Kind of Blue

By Maggie Barrett

American University’s Jazz Ensemble will perform its spring concert Tribute to Kind of Blue at 8 p.m., Friday, April 3, in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 AU community and senior citizens; and $5 for students.

During the concert, the Ensemble will put a spin on what it means to be a jazz ensemble in today’s changing musical landscape. Fernando Benadon, an assistant professor of music in AU’s Department of Performing Arts, directs.

The AU Jazz Ensemble is a big band ensemble for students and faculty who wish to study and perform jazz music.  Classes are held every week at the Katzen Arts Center.  The Ensemble has about three to four performances per year with two main concerts in the Abramson Family Recital Hall.

The Ensemble, along with the Jazz Workshop and Jazz Combo, is part of American University’s Jazz Program.  The program is dedicated to providing an educational and enriching atmosphere through which the campus community can learn and foster an appreciation for jazz. 

Through performances, classes, symposia, student ensembles, and clubs, students are able to engage in the historical, cultural, stylistic, and artistic aspects of jazz music.  The Jazz Program is also engaged in outreach efforts throughout Washington, D.C., to expose the community to the greatness that is “America’s Classical Music.”