Tufts University Presents Three Concerts By Jazz Ensembles

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‘Hudson Lights’ music combines jazz, pop music

The second, entitled A Harvest Moon Meets the Holidays, will feature the Tufts Jazz Choir, led by Tisha Stadnicki, and another ensemble directed by Nando Michelin performing tunes including a moon medley with Manhattan Transfers How High the Moon, as well as holiday standards such as Baby Its Cold Outside and the bluesy song Teach Me Tonight. This performance will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Distler Performance Hall. Last, but not least, Joel LaRue Smith and Paul Ahlstrands small jazz ensembles will perform works by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk; Earth, Wind, and Fire; Chaka Khan, and Afro-Cuban jazz originals by Professor Smith in a concert entitled New York, an exploration of the hypnotic and electrifying rhythms found in jazz clubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village, Broadway theaters, and the premier concert halls of New York City. This concert will be take place on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.wickedlocal.com/medford/news/x348804880/Tufts-University-presents-three-concerts-by-Jazz-ensembles

Jazz Police Young Artists Showcase Presents the Dakota Combo on December 5th at the Artists Quarter

Other upcoming events are the PipJazz concert at Landmark Center and MacPhail Combo Festival in March, MacPhail Jazz Thursdays in May, a day of school visits (spring), and a recording session. An unprecedented five musicians are returning for a second year. The Jazz Police Young Artists Showcase, curated by Andrea Canter and Greg Keel, presents student ensembles 5-6 times per year. With the closing of the Artists Quarter at the end of the year, the showcase will be moving to Fridays (bimonthly) at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, with the next event scheduled for February 7. The Artists Quarter is located at 408 St.
For more information, visit http://www.jazzpolice.com/content/view/10973/68/

And the name Hudson Lights was born. Their recently released self-titled CD Hudson Lights ( Shadow Mountain Records, $16.98 ) has 11 songs, including two original songs, and they use their fusion of contemporary pop and jazz to put their unique sound on songs from the Beatles, Josh Groban and others. Its music thats refreshing to listen to and holds its own with a clear sound and smooth, upbeat tones. Each song varies from jazz to pop music, and several are a mixture. Each has a positive, non-religious message. They sing the Beatles Eleanor Rigby, Josh Grobans Brave, George Gershwins Cant Take that Away and Autumn Leaves, which Nat King Cole sang. Their single Good to Me was released on iTunes in September.
For more information, visit http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591556/Hudson-Lights-music-combines-jazz-pop-music.html?pg=all

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