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March 5: Night of Jazz

Jazz lab band, jazz combos and vocal jazz groups to perform.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-18-13

 MANKATO, Minn. – A variety of different jazz groups will perform on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The Jazz Combos provide an opportunity for students with limited experience with jazz to explore that repertoire. Dr. Douglas Snapp, Director of Jazz Studies, said of the groups, ”I started the Jazz Combos because I wanted to promote small combo jazz here,” Snapp said. “The students choose their own music, solos, as if they were doing this in the real world, running a group and gigging at a club,” Snapp said. “It’s good experience for them. The combos are totally open and a great place for creativity.”

The University Jazz Singers, formed in Fall 2001, is a select vocal jazz ensemble. This ensemble performs repertoire from groups such as Take 6, The New York Voices, The Real Group, and Manhattan Transfer. The University Jazz Choir is a full vocal jazz chorus open to all students with basic vocal skills. This ensemble provides students who may be new to vocal jazz with an opportunity to learn to sing jazz and commercial musical styles.

The Jazz groups recently returned from a trip to Chicago where they took part in the Elmhurst Jazz Festival. This Festival included colleges from around the upper Midwest area. University students took part in clinics, performed, and attended performances of featured Elmhurst Jazz Festival performers. The Jazz Choir also had an opportunity to perform at Chicago’s House of Blues. Another group activity included attending a performance of the Blue Man Group.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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