WCU music students to present jazz concerts

Music students from Western Carolina University will perform jazz concerts in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, and Thursday, Nov. 29.

Admission is free and the concerts are open to the public.

The Nov. 26 concert will feature two student jazz combos, each with 30 minutes of repertoire. They plan to perform jazz standards in various styles including blues, swing, ballad, waltz, funk and bossa nova.

Jacob Duncan will perform on saxophone with the WCU Jazz Ensemble at a Nov. 29 concert.

The Nov. 29 concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble with guest artist saxophonist Jacob Duncan. The Jazz Ensemble comprises five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and full rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums). The performers develop knowledge of various jazz big band styles, including the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Herbie Hancock and Bob Mintzer as well as music of modern jazz arrangers of the 1990s.

Duncan, also a band leader, composer and arranger, began on alto sax at 11. He graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and won a music scholarship to the University of North Texas, where he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band. After graduation, he played on the streets and in the jazz clubs of Europe, based himself for a time in New York and worked on a cruise ship before returning to his hometown of Louisville, Ky.

For more information about these performances, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242 or go online to music.wcu.edu.