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3/22/17 Free Jazz Concert

Start Date: March 22, 2017
End Date: March 22, 2017


The Ohio University Jazz Ensemble I will visit Ohio University Zanesville as part of its annual mini-tour. 

The repertoire will include big band arrangements and original compositions by such jazz legends as Benny Carter, Woody Herman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Dave Samuels, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and more.


Those who make up the ensemble under the direction of Dr. Matt James, include on saxophone: Eric Lee, Trent Thacker, Frankie Wantuch, and Wesley White; on trombone: Ian Elick, Matt Gordon, Nolan Miller and Ben Stingo; on trumpet: Alex Desmond, Ryan Kerwin, Ben Pentecost, and Linda Yates; rhythm: Robert Lucas on piano; Daniel Spencer on bass; Seth Alexander on drums, and Nate Breidenbaugh on guitar. 


In addition to the ensemble, James has invited West Muskingum High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Andrew Ruetz, to join them on stage for the performance with a repertoire including classics from swing, Latin and funk genres. Those from the high school who will be performing include on saxophone: Bryant Brennan, Maddy Hreha, and Travis Tucker; on trumpet: Megan Barborak and Erika Cruz-Badillo; on trombones: Marissa Wood, Maria Wentworth, Fletcher Rollins, and Jaymz Smith; and rhythm section Jacob Gill on piano, Austin McCleary on guitar, Whitney Leavitt on bass, along with Jake Wheeler and Sandra Bugglin on drums.


Additional stops on the Ohio University jazz ensemble tour include Lakewood, New Albany, Granville, and Newark high schools. For information on the concert in Zanesville contact Charles Savage, assistant professor of music at Ohio University Zanesville at or via phone at 740.588.1524. For more information on the Ohio University Jazz Festival Tour visit 

The free concert, sponsored by the Ohio University Zanesville Cultural Committee, will be held at the Elson Hall Auditorium at Ohio University Zanesville on Newark Road in Zanesville on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.