UVA Jazz Ensemble: Jazz4Justice

Sunday, April 15, 2018 3:30PM
Old Cabell Hall

UVA Jazz Ensemble: Jazz4Justice
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Performed in Old Cabell Hall, on Grounds at UVA

Part of the McIntire Department of Music

On April 15th, 2018, the University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, directed by trumpeter/composer John D’earth will partner with Jazz4Justice in a concert devoted to the vocal element in Jazz. The concert will feature Stephanie Nakasian, an internationally recognized jazz vocalist and long-time lecturer in jazz vocals, at UVA, along with student singers, who will be coached by Ms. Nakasian in a “residency” setting, going into the concert.

The evening of vocal jazz will feature classics like Fly Me To the Moon, Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, and It’s You or No One, by Sammy Kahn, along with original compositions from within the band. In a special appearance the Virginia Women’s Chorus will sing D’earth’s arrangement of Willowland, a song written by his late wife, vocalist Dawn Thompson.

“Jazz4Justice has done much to develop the natural link between jazz music and social justice,” D’earth said, “and that is why I am so glad to be partnering with them. Since the events of August, in Charlottesville, jazz music, which is African-American in origin, has seemed ever more relevant to social concerns, because jazz arose in opposition to injustice. And there is nothing more fundamental to social justice than our Constitutionally guaranteed access to the courts.”

The UVA Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of trumpeter John D’earth, has become one of the greatest in the University’s history. The group’s performances feature repertoire from across the spectrum of the history of Jazz. Concerts include classic arrangements as well as a diverse arrangement of jazz pieces from both modern and classic composers and original compositions from within the band. Improvisation is also celebrated as a means of allowing students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of this exciting and challenging art form.