The Standards Ensemble will begin the concert by performing “Voyage,” by Kenny Barron; “Elm,” by Richie Beirach; and “Armando’s Rhumba,” by Chick Corea. The Standards Ensemble is coached by Brian Coyle, who is a professor of music and director of the jazz studies area at Hope.
The Mainstream Ensemble will then perform “Ahmad’s Blues,” by Ahmad Jamal; “Spring is Here,” by Rodgers and Hart; and “Domingo,” by Benny Golson. The Mainstream Ensemble is coached by Rob Hodson, who is an associate professor of music and chairman of the department.
The Jazz Arts Collective will close the concert by performing “The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful,” by Jeff Benedict; “Under Current,” by Jim Cifelli; “Whirly Bird,” by Justin Morell; and “Caravan,” by Duke Ellington. The group is directed by Coyle.
The Hope jazz chamber ensembles such as the Standards Ensemble and Mainstream Ensemble afford students the opportunity to perform in the classic small group combo setting. The ensembles vary in size and instrumentation and place a creative focus on improvisation and group communication.
All of the ensembles perform works from the classic jazz repertoire. The advanced jazz chamber ensembles also perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz world. These ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions. All ensembles are coached by members of the Hope College jazz faculty.
The jazz chamber ensembles are open to anyone interested, regardless of experience with jazz.
Jazz Arts Collective is the premier large jazz ensemble at Hope College. The collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible wind/string instrumentation, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music.