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March 3: University Jazz Ensembles

Altoist Christopher Hollyday to be featured as part of concert in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-25-2016

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. 

Douglas Snapp, director of jazz studies, directs the Jazz Mavericks. Undergraduate Adam Maurer directs the University Jazz Lab Band.


The Jazz Mavericks portion of the concert will feature one of the "Young Lions" of the late '80s, altoist Christopher Hollyday. Hollyday created a big stir when he first appeared on the scene, but maintained a surprisingly low profile after the early '90s. He started playing alto when he was nine, developed quickly, and was playing in clubs when he was 14, the year when he recorded his first album on his own Jazzbeat label.


Back then, he was heavily influenced by Charlie Parker, but a few years later Hollyday almost sounded like a clone of Jackie McLean. In 1988, he took a group into the Village Vanguard, and the following year he toured with Maynard Ferguson’s big band. During 1989-1992, Hollyday recorded four CDs for Novus, and was starting to develop his own voice when he was dropped from the label.


The big band ensembles provide students with experience in a jazz ensemble along with several performance opportunities. The jazz literature performed in the ensemble ranges from classic to contemporary jazz to pop charts.


Concert admission is $9 for community members, $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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