By Braxton Sampley
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

The University of Central Arkansas Jazz Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Concert will feature three jazz ensembles: The Top Hatters, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II.

The Top Hatters is led by Dr. Ross Ahlhorn, visiting professor of music. The band performs in the traditional New Orleans style, with drums, saxophone and trumpet.

Jazz Ensemble I, led by Dr. Gail Robertson, assistant professor of music, will perform works by Rob McConnell, Count Basie, and even an Aaron Copland work (originally composed for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) arranged by Woody Herman, “Fanfare for the Common Man.” Jazz I will also feature UCA Assistant Professor of Trombone Dr. Justin Cook.

Jazz II, led by Dr. Matthew Taylor, assistant professor of music, focuses on different jazz styles from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

UCA’s next Jazz Ensembles concerts will take place at 7:30 pm. on Sunday, April 14 at Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at South on Main in Little Rock.

On April 14, UCA Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Patricia Poulter will sing jazz standards with the band, and tenor saxophonist Brandon Moore will perform with Jazz I. On April 16, Jazz Ensemble I will once again feature Poulter. Learn more at southonmain.com/events.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators, and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.‬‬‬‬

For more information, contact Robertson at (501) 450-5760 or grobertson@uca.edu.