Jazz

‌  Jazz section

MSU Jazz Ensemble

‌ The Montclair State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel, performs classic jazz standards and contemporary works for large jazz ensemble. It is open, by audition, to anyone on campus, but is comprised primarily of jazz studies and music education majors. The group has studied originals and arrangements by such classic artists as Thad Jones, "Duke" Ellington, and "Count" Basie, and contemporary writers Shelly Berg, Mike Abene, and Bob Mintzer. It performs regularly on campus and at a variety of festivals and educational conferences, including the Villanova Jazz Festival, regional IAJE and NJMEA conferences, at Town Hall in New York City as part of the New York Vocal Jazz Festival, and the University of the Arts Jazz Festival in Philadelphia. It has collaborated with well known guest artists in clinics and performances, including Tony Kadleck (trumpet), Dave Demsey (saxophone), Andy Fusco (saxophone), Tom "Bones" Malone (trombone), the New York Voices, Steve Johns (drums), Dave Bixler (saxophone) Terell Stafford (trumpet), and Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar). It has featured the compositions, arrangements and solo performances of guest artists including Alan Ferber (trombone), Ed Palermo (saxophone) in works of Frank Zappa, Ingrid Jensen (trumpet) and Mario Adnet (guitar).

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Redhawk Jazz Band

The Redhawk Jazz Band, directed by jazz bassist Bill Moring, develops skills in improvisation and performance of a wide variety of classic jazz standards and contemporary works for large jazz ensemble. The group has studied originals and arrangements by such classic artists as Thad Jones, "Duke" Ellington, and "Count" Basie, and contemporary writers Shelly Berg, Mike Abene, and Bob Mintzer. It is open, by audition, to anyone on campus, but is comprised primarily of jazz studies and music education majors.

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Vocomotion Singers

Vocomotion Singers, the Montclair State University vocal jazz ensemble under the direction of Holli Ross, is comprised of 12 vocalists plus rhythm section. Its members are primarily music majors, but the group is open by audition to the entire campus. Over the past few years they have performed arrangements by contemporary vocal jazz arrangers such as Steve Zegree, Paris Rutherford, and Michelle Weir. The ensemble has performed at regional IAJE and NJMEA conferences and at Town Hall in New York city as part of the New York Vocal Jazz Festival. They have performed recently with New York Voices in a performance at Kasser Theater as well as in collaboration with the MSU Jazz Band and its featured soloists.

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