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KSC Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Music of Miles Davis

KEENE, N.H. 4/4/03 - The Keene State College Jazz Ensemble will feature the music of jazz great Miles Davis in a Wednesday, April 30, concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC faculty, staff, and students; senior citizens; and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

After World War II, Davis emerged on the popular music scene playing a trumpet with a notable new style of music dubbed cool jazz, for its lighter style that rejected the big band sound. He soon was touring Europe with his own band, experimenting with different sounds that continued throughout his long career so that he became known as the Picasso of Jazz.

The KSC Jazz Ensemble will play some of Davis’s most recognizable works such as Freddie the Freeloader, Milestones, Four, and All Blues. Rob Faulkner, trumpet, will be the guest soloist.

The Jazz Ensemble also will perform other jazz standards and big band classics.

Keene State artist-in-residence Don Baldini will direct the 18-member Jazz Ensemble. Baldini, who also directs the KSC Chamber Orchestra, came to Keene State after a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles. Baldini appeared for 13 years with the Tonight Show Orchestra and toured with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin bands. He currently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, the Keene Chamber Orchestra, and several local chamber music and jazz groups. Baldini, who lives in Saxtons River, Vt., also teaches at Dartmouth College.

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