Chamber ensembles featured at Hope jazz concert

A jazz chamber ensembles concert at Hope College will feature the Blue Note, Verve, Vanguard and Impulse ensembles on Monday. The public is invited to the 7:30 p.m. concert in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music. Admission is free. The Blue Note Ensemble is coached by Steve Talaga - instructor of music, jazz, piano and composition. The ensemble will perform "Ornithology,' by Charlie Parker; "Road Song,' by Wes Montgomery; "Stolen Moments,' by Oliver Nelson; and "Afro Blue' by Mongo Santamaria.
Apr 8, 2011


The Verve Ensemble is coached by Mike Van Lente, instructor of jazz percussion. The ensemble will be performing “Now’s The Time,” by Charlie Parker; “Jordu,” by Duke Jordan; “Ask Me Now,” by Thelonius Monk; and “St. Thomas,” by Sonny Rollins.

The Vanguard Ensemble is coached by Tom Lockwood, instructor of saxophone. The ensemble will be performing “In The Mood,” by Garland/Razaf; “I’m Beginning To See The Light,” by George/Hodges/Ellington/James; “Forest Flower,” by Charles Lloyd; and “Footprints,” by Wayne Shorter.

The Impulse Ensemble is coached by senior Nate Roberts of West Milton, Pa. The ensemble will be performing “Autumn Leaves,” by Joseph Kosma; “Black Orpheus,” by Louis Bonfi; and “Canteloupe Island,” by Herbie Hancock.

The April 11 concert is among the highlights of the college’s April 11-15 celebration of national Undergraduate Research Week, during which Hope is featuring the importance of student research and creative work college-wide.

Additional information about the week, including the complete schedule, is available online at


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