University of Massachusetts Amherst

04/04/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/04/2024 11:34

Five College Jazz Festival Returns to UMass Amherst April 5-6

The Five College Jazz Festival will resume for the first since 2019, April 5-6 at the Bromery Center for the Arts' Bezanson and Tillis Halls. Featuring performances from big bands, small combos, vocal ensembles and improvising orchestras consisting of Five College students under the direction of the jazz faculty of the Five College campuses, the festival is free and open to the public.<_o3a_p>

"The festival is a celebration of the many creative ways we approach the jazz continuum at our campuses," says David Sanford, a music professor at Mount Holyoke College. "Attending the Five College Jazz Festival offers music lovers on our campuses and in our communities a great opportunity to hear what our students are doing."<_o3a_p>

This year's festival is hosted by the UMass Jazz and African American Music Studies program of the Department of Music and Dance.<_o3a_p>

Bands scheduled to perform include:<_o3a_p>

  • Mount Holyoke Big Band<_o3a_p>
  • Mount Holyoke Vocal Jazz Ensemble<_o3a_p>
  • UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble<_o3a_p>
  • Smith College Jazz Ensemble<_o3a_p>
  • UMass Jazz Lab Ensemble <_o3a_p>
  • UMass Graduate Quartet<_o3a_p>
  • Amherst College Combo Pinnacles<_o3a_p>
  • UMass Chapel Jazz Ensemble
  • UMass Chamber Jazz Ensembles
  • UMass Jazz Ensemble I<_o3a_p>

Five College Jazz Festival Schedule<_o3a_p>

Friday, April 5
6:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Bezanson Recital Hall<_o3a_p>

Saturday, April 6
8:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Bezanson Recital Hall
2 - 2:30 p.m. - Tillis Performance Hall<_o3a_p>