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April 29, 2015

Jazz Ensembles Slated to Perform May 1

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s jazz ensemble will present their annual spring concert Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law for the Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The spring concert will feature two jazz ensembles. Wesleyan’s long-standing “Big Band I” and newly formed “Big Band II” will perform. Under the direction of professor Curtis Johnson, newly formed “Big Band II” will perform selections from Mike Tomaro and Frank Foster.

Wesleyan’s “Big Band I” will present two full sets of music. The first set will be the music of famed, Blue Note Records pianist Duke Pearson. Along with trumpeter Donald Byrd, Pearson formed a star-studded big band in the late 1960s.

“The music, which is somewhat obscure, is some of the most richly arranged and swinging material in the cannon of jazz,” commented Dr. James Moore, associate professor of music and department chair.

The second set for “Big Band I” will present selections from the famed album Sinatra at the Sands, With the Count Basie Orchestra. Trumpeter and sophomore music education major Tyler Perske will step into the role of Sinatra for this set.

For more information about the performance, please contact Dr. James Moore at

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