Jazz Ensembles Present Spring Concert

April 18, 2014

The Bradley University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Dr. Todd Kelly, will present  their spring concert on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom. Admission is $5 and free for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

The 18-member Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of music for big band, and will feature vocalists Joe Crumrine and Maggie Sloter.

The Jazz Ensemble is the flagship group of Bradley’s jazz program. They have brought many world renowned jazz clinicians and soloists to the Bradley campus. They toured Italy in the summer of 2012, performing in Rome, Perugia, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Vertibo.

The Jazz Lab Band, also under the direction of Todd Kelly, will perform Watermelon Man, What is Hip, Take Five, and Moanin.’ The Band has distinguished itself as one of the few college big bands in the country to rehearse and perform completely by ear.

Dr. Todd Kelly, associate professor of music, directs the Bradley Jazz Bands and Jazz Combo, teaches studio trumpet, and serves as the advisor for the music business program. He is an artist/clinician for the Conn/Selmer Corporation, and is in demand throughout the Midwest as a soloist and clinician. He recently performed with the National Tours of Wicked, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, The Rat Pack is Back, and Chicago.

Call 309.677.2597 for more information.