UVA Jazz Ensemble: Jazz 4 Justice

Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:00PM
Old Cabell Hall

UVA Jazz Ensemble: Jazz 4 Justice
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Performed in Old Cabell Hall, on Grounds at UVA

Part of the McIntire Department of Music

On Saturday, April 13, in Old Cabell Auditorium, the UVA Jazz Ensemble, directed by John D’earth, will present their spring concert, Sister Saxophones, featuring rising alto saxophone star Pureum Jin and Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian. This concert is co-sponsored by UVA’s McIntire Department of Music and Jazz 4 Justice, a coalition of jazz lovers from the legal community who have sponsored 48 jazz concerts and raised close to $500,000.00 since 2001 to support legal aid. (Legal Aid is a way for people with small means to access the courts at need.)

Alto saxophonist, Pureum Jin, is performing to acclaim nationally and internationally. Pureum is well-known to Charlottesville jazz fans through her residency last year with the Jazz Ensemble and through her work at Miller’s and around the state with D’earth’s Sextet. She recently moved back to NY with her husband (and new baby, Eden) to pursue their various careers. But Pureum now has a musical home in Charlottesville that is always here for her. Within a year of walking into Miller’s one Thursday night in August, 2017, (one of the good things that happened that month!) her energy, creativity, and virtuosity have become an important chapter in Charlottesville’s vibrant jazz story. Pureum is now putting the finishing touches on her new CD, The Real Blue.

Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Ms. Sevian came to NYC in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ, or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, which recently won first place in the “Made in NY” jazz competition. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and receiving rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz.