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New Director Leads AU Jazz Ensemble in Eclectic Sampling of American Jazz

WHAT: American University Jazz Ensemble, lead by Professor Fernando Benadon

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, November 7

WHERE: Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

TICKETS:  $15 general public, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students

MEDIA: Media interested in attending the event, please contact Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, at 202-885-5951 or
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American University Jazz Ensemble will present a concert paying tribute to the evolution of American jazz in the new millennium at 8 p.m. Friday, November 7, in the Katzen Arts Center’s Abramson Family Recital Hall on the university’s main campus.

The jazz sampling will begin with the ModernRockJazz Ensemble’s takes on Canadian, Dutch, and Indian compositions, as well as the debut of Aeropoly, a work composed by AU student Joseph Berman. Then, the AU Jazz Workshop brings a different worldly element into its pieces with the introduction of Caribbean steel drums and Klezmer (Yiddish) stylings to funk and bebop. The AU Big Band will end the concert with pieces that tell stories about 1950s desegregation, small towns, and a smoking monkey.

“Since its earliest days around a century ago, jazz music has escaped definition,” said director Fernando Benadon, an assistant professor in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. “The many strands of jazz overlap only here and there, with no single essential feature underlying them all.”

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
The landmark 130,000-square foot curved complex opened in summer 2005. The Katzen includes a 30,000-square-foot three story art museum and sculpture garden; a sky-lit entrance rotunda; three performance venues; an electronics studio; numerous practice rooms; a 215-seat concert hall; new rehearsal and recital halls; classrooms; and an underground garage with 550 parking spaces.
Metro: Tenleytown-AU stop (Red Line), take the AU shuttle from the station to main campus
Parking:  Garage parking available in the Katzen at the Glover Gate entrance on Massachusetts Avenue

Tickets for events at both the Katzen Arts Center and the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre are available on the Web or by calling 202-885-ARTS (2787).  Performance schedules are subject to change.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.