Jazz Night April 26 At Willamette

Five distinct jazz ensembles will gather at Smith Auditorium at Willamette University Friday, April 26, for "Jazz All Night!" beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Willamette Music Department, featured groups include The Contemporary Music Group, Bonafide, The University Sextet, the Willamette Singers and the Willamette Jazz Band.

The Contemporary Music Group, under the direction of Randy Kem, is an ensemble dedicated to the expanding vocabulary of jazz and other modern music. This group has a diverse repertoire that includes classic jazz standards and the rhythmic feel of the famed group Stomp.

Bonafide and the University Sextet, both directed by Stan Bock, explore the diverse genre of jazz, including contemporary compositions for the ensemble.

The Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace H. Long Jr., recently performed at the American Choral Director's Association Regional Conference in Tacoma. They will present a diverse program of tunes ranging from Beatles to standards. These tunes will be featured on their sixth CD to be recorded at the end of this year.

The Willamette Jazz Ensemble is directed by Martin Behnke and features the ensemble's seniors in this last performance of the year. Following a semester that has included a six- day tour and Willamette Jazz Festival XXI with Herbie Mann, the band will perform a new set of some of the best selections in big band literature.

For more information, please call (503) 370-6255.