Music Notes: Jazz groups to perform on March 20

Fresno State Jazz Band

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Students in the Fresno State Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Concert Hall at Fresno State.

The groups will perform the music of Woody Herman, Alan Ferber, Steely Dan, Fred Sturm, Bob Curnow and more. Each group comprises about 20 students, all of whom are undergraduates, both music majors and non-music majors.

The Jazz Ensemble features a traditional jazz sound while the Jazz Orchestra is a more contemporary sounding group that features works by living composers, said Dr. Alan Durst, who conducts the jazz orchestra. Richard Giddens conducts the Jazz Ensemble.

The concert will give audiences a chance to preview works by the two groups ahead of some performing road trips that are on their calendar.

“Both the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and another one of our groups called the Jazztet will be going on tour at the end of April in addition to performing at the Reno Jazz Festival,” Durst said. “We will also be recording a new album at Maximus Studios in Fresno that will feature both student compositions and professional arrangements/composers.

The groups will present their final concert of the year on May 2. It will feature Los Angeles trombonist Andy Martin, who has performed at the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Tickets for the March 20 concert are available at  Contact Alan Durst at or 559.278.2537.

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