It might be the coolest night on campus. On Saturday night, December 10, UMass Boston Jazz Ensembles take the stage to close out the Department of Performing Arts fall events. Melding jazz standards with more contemporary settings, there’s always an unmistakable vibe on Jazz Night! This semester, a trio of ensembles are finally playing a room designed for the music.
“It’s got fantastic sound, a professional atmosphere, it’s just stunning on all levels,” Director of UMass Boston Jazz Ensembles Peter Janson said about the new Recital Hall in University Hall. “For a sound-based art form, the clarity and accuracy of sound is phenomenal.”
The new Recital Hall boats acoustical engineering that rivals any performance space in Boston, and LED lighting allowing the perfect mood for both audience and performers. Tickets are on sale here.
UMass Boston Jazz Ensembles takes all comers, from beginners to advanced students who are already playing in clubs around town. Janson programs the evening with a progression of song choices based on proficiency, working toward final and mixed ensembles with musicians at the top of their game.
Jazz fans will recognize works by the likes of Chick Corea, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington. Those new to jazz experience an improvisational journey, grounded in tradition, but where anything can happen.
The evening begins with a special guest. Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Ureña will present Janson with a proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker in recognition of his service to UMass Boston’s music students. Janson served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force.
Tickets are on sale now through this link.