Fresh off their first live performance of the year and celebrating the release of a new CD, MTSU‘Stop student jazz band will be part of the annual Murfreesboro conference JazzFest, located in the city center Saturday May 1.
the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I will happen at 3 p.m. on May 1 on stage near the historic Rutherford County Courthouse as part of the free one-day event in the town’s plaza, which is sponsored by Main Street Murfreesboro.
MTSU Jazz I Ensemble is the Music school best performing group of students in the program. Experienced student musicians focus on cutting-edge works and a big band repertoire alongside new compositions and arrangements of their own.
Their appearance at JazzFest may also reunite them with some of the same local college and high school musicians who attended MTSU. Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival April 10.
This annual day-long event, held online for the first time this year from the Wright Music Building at MTSU, allowed young musicians to individually focus on the jazz style and the art of jazz improvisation. They also joined MTSU jazz students in concerts and workshops led by faculty members and guests.
The MTSU festival, produced with the support of Tennessee Arts Council, culminated with the Jazz I Ensemble’s live performance of some of the 10 songs included on their new CD, “The Middle Way. ” The collection features styles of jazz ranging from blues to big band to contemporary jazz with instrumental and vocal performances.
One of 10 cuts on “The Middle Way”, recorded in 2019 and 2020 thanks to a partnership with the jazz program MTSU and the Record Industry Department, is available at http://youtu.be/BY3GvRlf_48.
The downtown Murfreesboro JazzFest is also focused on young musicians this year, with a morning workshop for kids from kindergarten to elementary school and an afternoon of performances by local private and high school groups. before the appearance of the MTSU set.
The complete JazzFest schedule is available on https://mainstreetmurfreesboro.org/jazzfest.