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Casual Jazz Concert Series Kicks Off October 3


Edward Harrington

Edward Harrington

Las Vegas, N.M. –  The New Music Highlands University Department of Music kicks off a series of free casual jazz concerts, with the first one Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.

The concert will be in the theater of the new Student Union Building at 8th Street and National Avenue.

The concert will feature the university’s student Jazz Ensemble performing jazz standards such as “Blue Bossa,” “Joy Spring,” and “Girl from Ipanema.” 

Music professor Edward Harrington directs the 15-member Jazz Ensemble.

“These informal concerts give our students more opportunities to perform in public and gives everyone on campus and in the community more opportunities to hear us play,” Harrington said.

Music students playing solos for include music technology majors Amor Romero on alto sax, Daniel Sam on drums, Brian Conklin on guitar, and Naiche Compos on bass. 

Music education majors playing solos include Dennis Montaño on trumpet, Matt Martinez on trumpet, and Marcos Sedillo on euphonium. Music composition major Quintin Leger will also play a solo on guitar.

“The Jazz Ensemble students all enjoy improvising melodies,” Harrington said.

Adjunct music faculty member Kevin Zoernig plays piano with the Jazz Ensemble and community member Bruce Holmes plays alto sax.

“Kevin, Bruce, and adjunct faculty member Ralph Marquez, who teaches percussion, all have a great positive influence on the students, and enhance the students’ knowledge and skills associated with playing jazz,” Harrington said.

The concerts are also planned for Oct. 3, Oct. 10, and Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building Theater. 

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