The Ben Markley Big Band will perform with UW Jazz Ensembles November 16-17 | New

November 11, 2022

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The Ben Markley Big Band will perform two public concerts with jazz ensembles from the University of Wyoming as part of the group’s residency at UW from November 15-17.

The group will perform with UW Jazz Combos on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The group will next perform with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts concert hall. Tickets are $14 for the public, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. To purchase tickets, visit the Performing Arts Box Office, call (307) 766-6666 or go online to UW faculty and staff, and military personnel can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. To receive the discount, visit the Performing Arts Box Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or call (307) 766-6666.

Ben Markley, director of jazz studies at UW and jazz pianist, will be joined by special guests Jake Boldman, Melissa Gardiner, Jon Gauer, Dan Jonas, Steve Kovalcheck, Dawn Kramer, Brad Leali, Marcus Lewis, Jim Pisano, Peter Sommer, Ashley Summers, Rob Tapper, Sam Williams and Shawn Williams. UW Music Department faculty members Scott Turpen, saxophone professor, and Andy Wheelock, assistant professor and percussion area coordinator, will also perform.

The concert on November 16 will feature the four jazz combos performing a number of jazz standards.

UW Jazz Combo IV will perform works by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. Micah Miller, a UW student from Casper, will lead the combo.

UW Jazz Combo III will perform a selection of works by Slide Hampton, Miles Davis, Ellington, Tadd Dameron and Hank Mobley. Seth Lewis of the UW music department, professor of double bass, is the director of the combo.

UW Jazz Combo II will perform works by Benny Golson, Bob Reynolds and Horace Silver. Ryan Fourt, a jazz guitar teacher in the UW music department, leads the ensemble.

The UW Jazz Combo I program will feature works by Miller and Johnny Mercer. Markley will lead the combo.

For the November 17 concert, the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble will present a program of works composed and arranged by Markley. The Ben Markley Big Band will follow with works by Markley, Cedar Walton, Dizzy Gillespie and Mal Waldron.

Guest artists will also give masterclasses to students in the UW Music Department throughout the residency.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts Coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email [email protected]

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