Concert Jazz Band jams with Bob Mintzer on May 4
Joseph Foley rehearses with students.
The RIC Concert Jazz Band, conducted by Joseph Foley, assistant music professor, will perform its annual Jazz Concert on Monday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center's Sapinsley Hall. Joining the band will be celebrated jazz saxophonist Bob Mintzer.
Mintzer is a member of the jazz–rock band the Yellowjackets and the founder of the Grammy Award–winning Bob Mintzer Big Band. He is also well–known for his work with the American Ballet Theatre and the New York Philharmonic.
With more than 200 big band arrangements to his credit, Mintzer’s musical resume includes collaborations with artists like James Taylor, Queen and Aretha Franklin, as well as two Grammys, six Grammy nominations and more than 12 recorded albums.
When he joins the RIC Concert Jazz Band, Mintzer will lead the band through some of his own pieces – including songs such as “Runferyerlife” and “Swangalang” – plus new arrangements of old classics like “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie and “Cute” by Neal Hefti. The band will also play works by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Gordon Goodwin.
General admission is $5.
As a precursor to the event, the Concert Jazz Band will also hold a free jazz clinic and open rehearsal on Friday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m. This event is free, open to the public, and will also be held in Sapinsley Hall.