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Northwestern Jazz Concerts Swing Into Spring

May 18 Ted Nash program among three conducted by Victor Goines

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April 13, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Popular swing era standards and fresh contemporary compositions will set toes a’ tapping when Northwestern University’s small jazz ensembles perform April 20 and May 25. Grammy-nominated woodwind guest soloist Ted Nash will join the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra May 18 for a program of perennial favorites and new works.

All three spring concerts, presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, will be conducted by faculty member Victor Goines, an acclaimed solo artist and jazz composer in his own right.

Open to the public, the following jazz events will be held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.

• Small jazz ensembles will perform during the “Stompin’ at the Savoy” concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Regenstein Recital Hall. Goines will conduct students from Northwestern’s jazz studies program in an evening of jazz era swing.

• Special guest Ted Nash, a multi-instrumentalist recently focusing on saxophone, will join the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra for “An Evening with Ted Nash” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. A performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator, Nash recently was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Monet,” a

piece commissioned by New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. His recordings have appeared on many national “best of” lists. The program of standards and original new compositions will be conducted by Goines.

• “Future Standards,” a program of jazz works by a new generation of jazz composers, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Regenstein Recital Hall, will feature Northwestern’s small jazz ensembles. Bienen School jazz studies students will perform their latest compositions under Goines’ direction.

Tickets for each of the jazz concerts are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger website at http://www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.