University Jazz Ensemble Performs with Vosbein Magee Big Band at W&L The concert is free, and no tickets are required.
The Washington and Lee University Jazz Ensemble joins forces with the Vosbein Magee Big Band for an evening of hot jazz on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall. The concert is free, and no tickets are required.
The student band from Washington and Lee, under the direction of Terry Vosbein, professor of music at W&L, shows off their talented soloists with a variety of styles and grooves. Classic titles from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis will be served up, along with some hot bebop and some smoldering funk. “Of the Stars and the Sea,” a new composition by senior Simon Marland, will receive its world premiere.
After intermission, the Vosbein Magee Big Band takes the stage. This ensemble features professional musicians from the region, playing music that can’t be heard anywhere else. Co-leader Chris Magee is the hot trumpet soloist, along with Tom Artwick, lecturer in music at W&L, on alto sax and Tom Lundberg on trombone. Co-leader Vosbein is responsible for several of the compositions to be heard, including two new baseball-themed works, “Line Drive” and “The Old Ball Game.” Greg Moody’s “Bright-Eyed Girl” will also receive its world premiere.
A highlight of each fall concert features the seniors from the student band sharing the stage with the proband. Saxophonists Marland and Daniel Morris ’20 will join the Vosbein Magee Big Band for a blues blowout.