The Full Spectrum: The diversity of the musicians playing in the UCSB Jazz Ensemble is among its many strengths (UCSB Current)

UCSB Jazz Ensemble (photo by Matt Perko)
UCSB Jazz Ensemble (photo by Matt Perko)
 
"A hallmark of jazz is the way it both absorbs and reflects the sounds and styles of places, attitudes and times in which it is played. So diverse, yet all distinctly jazz, from the iconic works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the more recent music of Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider.
 
This range is at the heart of the UC Santa Barbara Jazz Ensemble and will be on full display in the group’s winter concert, called, appropriately, “The Full Spectrum.” It takes place at UCSB’s Lotte Lehman Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
 
'It addresses the full history of jazz,' said UCSB Jazz Ensemble Director Jon Nathan.The 40 members of the ensemble have been whipping themselves into shape for the ambitious concert, in which they show off their chops with instrumental, vocal, small- and large-group pieces that demonstrate the history, repertoire and conventions of jazz. What to the listeners may sound like freewheeling flights of jazz fancy — as they should — are in many cases highly disciplined musical forays that often set the stage for true improvisation."
 
Read the full article and watch the video on The Current's website: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2018/018784/full-spectrum
 
UCSB Jazz Ensemble (photo by Matt Perko)