Department of Music

Jazz Ensemble Helps to Chase Away the Winter Blues

The Virginia Tech Jazz Ensembles, led by new Director of Jazz Studies Dr. James Miley, presents ?WINTER BLUES: an Evening of the Blues for Big Band? on Thursday, March 2, 2006, at 8 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon.

The program will feature a variety of blues-based music by many of the finest composers and arrangers in jazz today?including several works by Virginia Tech?s own James Miley?will be featured in the program alongside a rare performance of jazz great Gil Evans?s last arrangement ?Blues In C.?

Other highlights of the concert include Thad Jones?s ?Three and One,? Bob Brookmeyer?s stunning treatment of W.C. Handy?s ?St. Louis Blues,? and ?Glib,? an infectious tune by Florida-based composer Chuck Owen featuring the Hammond organ talents of AJ Rolling. The concert begins with a set of contemporary jazz by Virginia Tech?s jazz combo: Cory Perdue (tenor), Steven Kyriakides (trumpet), AJ Rolling (piano), Dave Stewart (bass) and Nathan Alexander (drums).

The Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble is composed of Josh Herrington, Nathan Denny, Cory Perdue, Nathanial VanKirk and Joe Hickman on woodwinds; Steven Kyriakides, Mike Konieczny, Ryan Cunningham, Elizabeth McLain and Jordan Effron on Trumpets; Michael Shomo, Louis Hartmetz, Michael DeBiase, Daniel Twennty and Pat Kipp on Trombones; and AJ Rolling on piano, Elias Anderson on bass and OC Davis on drum.

Tickets for the performance are available at the door only - $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. For more information on the University Jazz Ensembles and other upcoming events in Music at Virginia Tech, please call 540-231-5685 or visit