Students joining jazz star Bill Warfield for Dec. 1 concert

Bill Warfield

Bill Warfield

The Western Carolina University Jazz Ensemble will present a special fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, on campus in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The performance is free and open to the public.

Bill Warfield, trumpeter, recording artist and associate professor of jazz at Lehigh University, will be the featured performer. The student jazz ensemble will join him on original compositions, as well as his arrangements of songs by Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Dave Stryker, Donald Byrd and Kenny Dorham.

In a varied career as composer, arranger, leader and sideman, Warfield has performed with a widerange of musicians, including Ornette Coleman, Mel Torme, David Sanborn and Randy Brecker. He has performed at Birdland, The Blue Note, and Iridium jazz clubs in New York City, and directs the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra. The Bill Warfield and Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra’s latest CD “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” was a Downbeat magazine editor’s pick in August.

“I met Bill Warfield during our lecturing at the international summer jazz workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, this summer,” said Pavel Wlosok, WCU associate professor of jazz. “We both led the workshop’s big band and performed together on a few occasions in Prague’s finest jazz clubs. He is an inspiring jazz educator, world-class arranger and trumpeter, and our students are very lucky to have the opportunity to share the stage with him, as well as perform his original arrangements.”

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.