Nov. 15, 2010/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM TUESDAY, NOV. 16Jazz Legend Joe Chambers is Guest Soloist
WINSTON-SALEM – Ron Rudkin will direct the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in a program featuring guest soloist Joe Chambers on drums and vibes.
A jazz legend, drummer and vibraphonist Joe Chambers is the Thomas S. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Jazz at UNC-Wilmington.
The performance will be in the Thrust Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Patrons should call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
The program will include a broad range of Big Band jazz. Among works on the program are “Lover” by Richard Rodgers, arranged by Marty Paich; “Chelsea Bridge” by Billy Strayhorn, arranged by Sammy Nestico; “Donna Lee” by Charlie Parker, arranged by Rick Lawn; “Say It Softly” by Thad Jones; “Punjab” by Joe Henderson, arranged by Joe Chambers; and “Poinciana” by Buddy Bernier/Nat Simon, arranged by Joe Chambers.
Chambers will also give two master classes for UNCSA students while on campus.
Rudkin said: “We have a terrific band this year with many very talented students, and Joe Chambers is one of the true masters of jazz drumming.”
earned his undergraduate degree in music
from the Philadelphia Conservatory of
Music and by age 22 had cut his first
session on Freddie Hubbard's Breaking
Point album. This led to road work
with Harold Land, Sonny Rollins, Herbie
Hancock, Eric Dolphy, and Dizzy
Mirrors' lineup reflects Chambers' past and present: Vincent Herring, saxophones; Eddie Henderson, trumpet; Mulgrew Miller, piano; and Ira Coleman, bass. Chambers performs on both drums and vibraphone.
Ronald Rudkin directs the Jazz Program and teaches Music Theory at UNCSA. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University, where he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also currently directs the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble which has received widespread acclaim performing across the state and around the Southeast at jazz festivals, concert halls, public schools and other colleges each year. The band includes talented student musicians from the graduate, undergraduate, and high school divisions of the School of Music. The group's repertoire includes an extensive variety of Big Band jazz ranging from the traditional greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington to Latin pieces and music in more contemporary styles.
The University of North Carolina School
of the Arts is the first
state-supported, residential school of
its kind in the nation. Established as
the North Carolina School of the Arts by
the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA
opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of
Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became
part of the University of North Carolina
system in 1972. More than 1,100 students
from high school through graduate school
train for careers in the arts in five
professional schools: Dance, Design and
Production (including a Visual Arts
Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music.
UNCSA is the state’s only public arts
conservatory, dedicated entirely to the
professional training of talented
students in the performing, visual and
moving image arts. UNCSA is located at
1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For
more information, visit
The UNCSA Jazz Ensemble concert on Nov. 16 is a part of Six Days in November, which is supported by SunTrust Bank.