Department of Music

Jazz Ensembles Close Fall Season with "Passages" Concert

Virginia Tech?s Jazz Ensembles closes their fall season with ?Passages,? a concert of new works from the cutting edge of jazz, on Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at 8 p.m. in the Old Dominion Ballroom of Squires Student Center. Admission is $3 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for the general public. The Jazz Ensembles are led by Dr. James Miley.

?Passages? features an evening of new works by Kim Richmond, Dan Cavanagh, Chuck Owen, and Virginia Tech Director of Jazz Studies James Miley. The evening will include ?What Did You Say?? by James Miley, ?Passages? by Kim Richmond, ?Jelly Roll? by Charles Mingus, and "The Gift Awaits" by Chuck Owen. Featured jazz combo soloists for the concert are Cory Perdue, saxophone; Steve Kyriakides, trumpet; AJ Rollings, piano; Dave Stewart, bass; and Nathan Alexander, drums.

Dr. Miley is currently the Director of Jazz Studies in the Music Department at Virginia Tech, and 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 serves 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 previously collaborated with Tim Ries and Ron Miles, and recently completed a west coast tour with the collaborative jazz ensemble, ?BUG,? featuring acclaimed saxophonist Peter Epstein.

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