Performance with Rio Grande Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble to perform tonight
The Jazz Ensemble from the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College will be in concert on Tuesday, April 17. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Rio Grande campus.

The jazz ensemble is made up of Rio Grande students, and is led by director Chris Kenney. The group is known for its outstanding jazz performances, but this concert will feature something a little different.

Special guest soloist John Horne will be joining the Jazz Ensemble for the upcoming show, and area residents will enjoy hearing this well-known regional performer.

Horne teaches guitar at Rio Grande, and performs often with his guitar throughout the region. Kenney asked the relatively new Rio Grande instructor if he would play with the Jazz Ensemble, in order to help the students learn more about jazz and to bring something special to the performance.

“He is a really incredible jazz guitarist,” Kenney said. “This gives the students an opportunity to hear somebody who is a little bit further along, and it gives them something to shoot for.” Horne will be performing solo pieces during four of the numbers during the concert.

The Jazz Ensemble is made up of eight students performing on saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass and drums. The students are doing an excellent job learning the music and perfecting the songs this semester, and Kenney said it should be an entertaining show. The students are learning about performing jazz music at Rio Grande, and they enjoy rehearsing and performing this unique style of music.

“They’re really enjoyed rehearsing with John Horne,” Kenny added. “They are very impressed with his playing, so it gives them inspiration for their own solos.”

The songs that will feature Horne during the concert are “Virgo,” by Horace Silver; “Five Hundred Miles High,” by Chick Corea; “Elm,” by Richard Beirach; and “The Thumb,” by Wes Montgomery.

“The concert is going to feature a mix of music that will range from bee bop to modern jazz,” Kenney said. “As always, the show will be free and open to the public. We welcome everybody to come in and hear something a little different.”

The concert is one in a series of musical performances being held in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center at Rio Grande in April. A few performances have already been held, but there are still several upcoming shows featuring outstanding student musicians from Rio Grande.

On Friday, April 20, the Rock Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m.

On Monday, April 23, the Symphony Orchestra will be in concert beginning at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 24 the Departmental Honors Recital will be held at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, April 25 will be the date for the Recital Seminar, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Finally, the Grande Chorale concert will be held on Friday, April 27 beginning at 8 p.m.

For more information on the Tuesday, April 17 performance by the Rio Grande Jazz Ensemble in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center, call Kenney at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information on upcoming events at Rio Grande, as well as information on the wide variety of academic and professional programs offered by the institution, log onto

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