Events celebrating classic jazz slated Nov. 30

Two campus events Friday, Nov. 30—“A Tribute to 1940s Jazz” and “A Night at the Ellington”—will show appreciation for classic jazz.

The Oswego State Jazz Ensemble will perform “A Tribute to 1940s Jazz” at 7 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The ensemble will chronicle an age of jazz that included swing bands, the advent of bebop, the influence of Latin styles and the birth of so-called “cool” jazz.

The program will include work by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and more. Admission is a $5 suggested donation to support the SUNY Oswego Music Department Excellence Fund; SUNY Oswego students are admitted free.

The annual “A Night at the Ellington” event will follow with a tribute to the talent and influence of Dizzy Gillespie at 8 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. A program of jazz, neo-soul, and rhythm and blues will feature the Oswego Jazz Project, Donna Alford Jass Band and Electric Relaxation.

Sponsored by the college’s Student Association Programming Board and Alpha Phi Alpha, this event also will feature poetry, dancing, presentations and hors d’oeuvres. Formal dress is required. A “Mix and Mingle” at 7:30 p.m. will precede the event.

Tickets for “A Night at the Ellington” are free and available at the Campus Center box office. For information, call SAPB at 312-2953.

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(Posted: Nov 14, 2007)