All that jazz – annual winter concert to feature wide variety of songs, styles

Joseph Foley, left, at a band rehearsal.
The RIC Concert Jazz Band is set to take the stage for its yearly winter concert on Monday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. in Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The show will be directed by Joseph Foley, assistant professor of music at RIC and principal trumpet for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

Foley described himself as the “ringleader” of the band, which is comprised of 19 RIC students and recently graduated alumni. He said that the experience of performing in concert is crucial for the students.

“Musicians have to wear a lot of hats nowadays,” Foley said. “Performing gives students practical training, which is important as many students aspire to both teach and perform.”

The program contains a variety of pieces ranging from the Charleston to salsa, from swing to funk, and from classic to modern. Foley said the program “gives [students] a lot of exposure. It’s a very valuable experience.”

The band will be playing with Bob Bowlby on baritone sax, a jazz player who performs throughout the greater Boston area. Foley likes to get working jazz musicians involved with the band to give some “extra input” to the students, in an effort to enrich students’ learning experiences.

Concert general admission is $10.