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 Thursday, 26 November 2015
Jazz From J to Z: U of M Jazz Ensemble I, “New Voices” on October 11th PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012

U of M Jazz Ensemble I (photo: Don Jackson)

On Thursday, October 11, University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I presents "New Voices - Modern Works for Big Band." Cosponsored by the Twin Cities Jazz Society as part of the “Jazz From J to Z” series, this concert will be held at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of M West Bank at  7:30pm. Admission is free.

Notes Director of Jazz Studies, Dean Sorenson, “While the big band enjoys a fine tradition of composition, it is important for the growth of the art form that new works are added to the repertoire. This concert celebrates the creation of new music with numerous premieres of compositions and arrangements. Many pieces performed have been composed by members of the ensemble, or recent graduates of the program.”  Featured composers will include current Jazz Ensemble I students Joe Strachan, Andres Crovetti, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, Riley Helgeson, Tim Mackie, and Cameron Kinghorn, and  Adam Meckler, recent U of M graduate and leader of the very innovative Adam Meckler Orchestra, which performs monthly at Jazz Central in Minneapolis.

Joe Strachan©Andrea Canter
Jazz educator Dean Sorenson is also a prolific and highly sought-after composer, arranger, trombonist, and clinician. He received his undergraduate degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Minnesota and his Master’s degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition from the Eastman School of Music. Dean has authored collections of jazz charts for elementary school students as well as a series of ensemble methods for middle and high school students. As a performer, Dean appears at festivals and conventions, and tours and records as a Yamaha performing artist. Sorenson has composed and arranged for numerous ensembles including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force Band, and the Minnesota Orchestra. A commissioned composer and arranger for jazz ensemble, concert band, and chamber ensembles, he has also written several sacred choral pieces.  Jazz bands at the University of Minnesota play a wide variety of big band repertoire and perform for many events, both on and off campus.  The bands feature traditional big band instruments: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

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