Writer: Writer: Shally Clark
Six jazz artists reunite at Brigham Young University-Idaho combining their unique jazz sounds for one harmonic event-the Faculty Jazz Ensemble concert, Wednesday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.
The performance consists of a variety of Jazz genres from Latin to the slow blues. Some popular songs include, "Fovela" by Antonio Carlos Jobim and "On Green Dolphin Street" by Bronislau Kaper. Three songs are composed by three of the six performers, including BYU-Idaho faculty member, Mark Watkins.
Although the name of the group is Faculty Jazz Ensemble, only two out of the six performers are current faculty members. "I spent 10 years putting together this jazz ensemble," said Watkins. All members of the jazz group are either current faculty, past faculty, previous guest artists or have taught classes at BYU-Idaho.
"These performers play well together," Watkins said. "Since jazz is an improvisatory music, you have to have synergy within the group to make it sound good." He stated that all of the performers bring a creative style from their notable experiences in jazz from all over the United States. Watkins said, "Since the performers live all over the country, it is rare for everyone to get together to perform."
The performance is open to all ages. It costs $6 for the public and $3 dollars for BYU-Idaho students and employees.