The series closes this season with a performance by the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble.
Under the direction of J. Estes Milner Professor of Music Bill Lawing, the Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned “big band” of approximately 18 musicians. The group rehearses and performs throughout the year, with several events highlighting the schedule.
Each season, the Jazz Ensemble opens the Town of Davidson’s Concerts on the Green with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra in September, and holds their first full concert during Family Weekend in late October.
Over the past decade, the Jazz Ensemble has collaborated with the Berklee College of Music to bring a major guest artist to Davidson’s campus for a three-day residency, culminating in a thrilling performance in a packed Duke Family Performance Hall. Over the past several years, their guests have included Allen Vizzutti, Grace Kelly, Aubrey Logan, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Anat Cohen. This season, the Jazz Ensemble has the great honor to host Chick Corea.