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New Arts Jazztet in Concert

New Arts Jazztet in Concert, Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3:00 p. m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, Carbondale, Illinois.  FREE ADMISSION.

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS April 17, 2017 — The New Arts Jazztet (NAJ) will present its annual spring concert Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 3:00 p. m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Carbondale. Admission is free.

Southern Illinois' premier jazz group will perform an entire program of Phil Brown compositions in honor of his upcoming retirement from teaching at SIU, as well as a tribute to his career and to his contribution to the New Arts Jazztet. Selections will include many older favorites—“Bright Side,” “Balanço,” “Waltz for Rachel,” “Four or Five,” “Rule of Three,” “Where Beauty Lies,” “The Fan Man,” “Woodshed,” and “And the People Said…,” as well as a new work for the occasion entitled “La Coda de Moda.”

The concert is presented as a part of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). JAM was created by the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and is officially celebrated worldwide every April. 2017 is the 16th year of the JAM Campaign.

The New Arts Jazztet was first formed in 1984 among several SIU School of Music faculty, and has been in residence at the school ever since.  It has recorded on three CDs, all released by NAJ bassist, Phil Brown, who joined the faculty in 1991. The most recent, Arkadia, released in October 2014, found its way onto the national Top 50 Jazz Chart for radio airplay for a number of weeks in early 2015. Current NAJ members are Dick Kelley, reeds; Bob Allison, trumpet; Isaac Lausell, guitar; Mel Goot, piano; Phil Brown, bass; and Jimmy Beers, drums.

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