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Wednesday December 7th


Faculty jazz trio celebrates its history

Tonight in Kenan Rehearsal Hall jazz professors Stephen Anderson, Dan Davis and Jason Foureman are putting on a concert showcasing the history of their jazz trio.

“It’ll be kind of a smattering of different eras of the jazz trio,” Anderson said.

From Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell to Chick Korea and Brad Mehldau, the faculty jazz trio aims to showcase a huge variety of styles and sounds in one concert, Anderson said.

“The reason we’re doing this is that the trio is a really profound thing to us,” he said. “We wanted to show the depth and breadth of the history of this ensemble.”

Anderson, Davis, and Foureman have been playing together for about the past six years, Anderson said.

“We’ve all got the same kind of musical interests, and all enjoy making music together,” he said.

The faculty jazz trio will also be playing some of Anderson’s most recent album titled “Believe,” which features all original music written by Anderson.

“As good of a musician as he is, he’s just as good of a composer,” said Sean Olsen, a student jazz pianist.

“One of the things that draws me to his playing is his very unique sound,” he said. “The doesn’t mean he can play one style, he can really play anything very well.”

Anderson, who teaches a jazz history course, said he hoped the concert would expose students to all different kinds of music.

“Really, any musician can learn something valuable from musicians of such high caliber,” said Brian Braytenbah, a senior jazz saxophone player.

“It’ll be a real treat to hear this trio in particular narrate the history of this genre through live performance,” Braytenbah said.

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