UIndy Jazz Combo performs classic pieces

The University of Indianapolis Jazz Combo performed on Nov. 28 in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. The Jazz Combo is composed of several UIndy Students: Sidney Carpenter-Wilson on trombone, Evan Hawk on guitar, Ivy Bott with vocals, Zach Sandifer on bass, Garett Crow on drums and Carrie Atkinson on piano. Being a part of the Jazz Combo provides students with the opportunity to intensively study and explore jazz improvisation, small group arranging and jazz composition through performance.

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The UIndy Jazz Combo, comprised of students (from left to right) Carrie Atkinson, Evan Hawk, Ivy Bott, Zach Sandifer, Garett Crow and Sidney Carpenter-Wilson, performed on Nov. 28 in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall.

The combo performed five well-known pieces, beginning with “Blue Skies,” composed by Irving Berlin. Each member of the combo had the chance to perform solos during the first piece. The group then performed “Pure Imagination,” composed by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newely. This piece also featured solos from each performer throughout the concert.

“All The Things You Are” was the third piece that the combo performed. It was made famous by many jazz musicians, such as Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald, and composed by Jerome Kenn.

The fourth piece before the combo’s finale was “Red Clay.” It was composed by American trumpeter and jazz musician Freddie Hubbard.

For the finale, the combo performed“The Christmas Song,” composed by Bob Wells and Mel Torme. Each member of the group performed a solo in their final piece as well.

Senior Savannah Alexander attended the concert. Alexander said she frequently attends the concerts hosted by the Department of Music.

“The concerts are presented very well and there is a strong ambiance of professionalism. This concert was no different,”Alexander said. “The Music Department provides the students with a diverse range of concerts. The Jazz Combo fits into that diverse category and it was a real treat. I would recommend that students around campus go to attend not just the Jazz Combos, but other concerts put on by the Music Department as well.”

Alexander was one of many who attended the Jazz Combo, although she would like to see more people attend.

“More people should go to the concerts on campus, the musicians are good and it is free for us [students],” Alexander said.

After winter break, the Department of Music will host another jazz concert.  As part of the Jazz Concert Series Franklin Glover will be performing in Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. According to UIndy’s event calendar Glover is a nationally endowed clarinetist, saxophonist and composer.

“He played with pianist Claude Sifferlen at the historic Chatterbox Jazz Club for 27 years,” the event calendar said. “His latest recording, Abacus, was hailed “a masterpiece” by Jay Harvey of the Indianapolis Star. Glover lives in Nashville, Ind., where he teaches and has begun work on his first symphony.”