March 6, 2013

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Faculty Jazz Combo Performs March 11

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Jazz Combo will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in Whitehead Auditorium. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

“This concert program features two compositions in tribute to the late Dave Brubeck, who passed away in December at the age of 91,” said David Springfield, director of the university’s Jazz Studies Program and member of the Jazz Combo. “Brubeck was one of the most popular and influential figures in jazz history. We will play two contemporary compositions by the young Israeli saxophonist, Shauli Einav. These pieces are a good example of how jazz continues to evolve and draw upon musical styles from all over the world.”

The Jazz Combo features faculty members from the VSU Department of Music’s Jazz Studies Program — Dr. Kenneth Kirk on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dr. Joren Cain on saxophones, Dr. Doug Farwell on trombone, David Springfield on piano, Dr. Tod Leavitt on bass, and Paul Campiglia on drums.

“The members of the VSU Faculty Jazz Combo are full-time teachers on their respective instruments, and the group provides an artistic model for the students in the VSU jazz program,” said Springfield. “The group explores small group jazz music in a variety of styles, ranging from classic swing to bebop and more contemporary genres. Typical performances include formal recitals and concerts, as well as informal university functions.”

Whitehead Auditorium is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street.

Contact David Springfield at (229) 333-5805 or for more information.

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