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October 25, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 7

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Ensemble 'jazzes' up, performs at Charlie's

On Oct. 22,Charlie's Coffeehouse held its first Jazz Night of the academic year, with a number of student and faculty performers taking to the stage.
Jazz Night is a jam session-style performance by the students of the Jazz Ensemble. The event, held at Charlie's usually during the second month of each semester, was started by Associate Professor of Music Joshua Davis in 2006.
According to Davis, Jazz Night at Charlie's usually has a professional jazz musician perform alongside Susquehanna students. This semester's special guest was jazz trumpeter and Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University Eddie Severn.
It is also tradition for audience members to be invited on stage to perform. Jazz Ensemble member junior Parker Adel said, "Jazz at Charlie's gives students the rare and great opportunity to play along with jazz performers of a very high caliber."
The Susquehanna Small Jazz Ensemble (SUSJE) is a smaller division of the Jazz Ensemble, which plays at various events at Susquehanna throughout the year.
Adel said that the small group size was perfect for a performance at Charlie's and added to the café's ambience.
"The smaller ensemble provides a different experience when playing jazz. It's smaller and requires much communication between the players," Adel said.
The night started off with the ensemble and Davis performing Miles Davis' "Freddie Freeloader," which also featured Jazz Ensemble members senior Trevor Hinman on drums, Adel on piano, sophpomore Cody Zahoroiko on tenor saxophone and sophomore Coleman Rowlett on alto saxophone. They were joined on stage by special guest, Severn, playing the trumpet.
Some other songs performed included: "A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Blue Bossa" by Kenny Dorham and "Bags Groove," another Miles Davis piece.
Susquehanna alumnus Louis Land also came onto the stage and played the guitar.
Halfway through the set, the SU Big Band came into Charlie's to perform a few songs alongside the Jazz Ensemble and Davis. Severn's 8-year-old son also participated on stage, playing the electric guitar for several songs.
Near the end of the show, Davis also invited audience members to perform with him and the Jazz Ensemble.


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