Department of Music

VT Jazz Ensemble Begins Year with "New & Used" Works

The Virginia Tech Jazz Ensembles present ?New and Used,? the first concert of the season, on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.

?New and Used? will feature a variety of music from across the spectrum of jazz, including works by Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and the east cost premiere of ?Get It?? by James Miley. The ensembles are led by VT?s new Jazz Studies/Composition faculty, Dr. James Miley.

Featured jazz combo soloists for the performance are Cory Perdue, saxophone; Steve Kyriakides, trumpet; AJ Rollings, piano; Dave Stewart, bass; Nathan Alexander, drums. Tickets for ?New and Used? will be sold at the door and are $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for the general public.

In addition, the ensembles will perform a short ?teaser? at the Blacksburg Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Miley was previously at Virginia Tech for the 2001-02 academic year as a visiting assistant professor. He is an award-winning composer and winner of the prestigious 2004 Gil Evans International Jazz Composition Fellowship. Walrus Music, Heritage Music, and UNC Jazz Press have published his works, and he is in demand as a composer and clinician throughout the United States. Miley has presented at the International Association for Jazz Education?s annual conference, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Reno Jazz Festival. He has previously collaborated with Tim Ries, Ron Miles, and Peter Epstein.

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