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Student jazz concerts every Thursday morning at 11am in Bezanson, starting Jan. 30
Also see our new Student Recitals webpage

Jan. 30 Thursday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall  FREE
Guest Artist Concert: David Stambler, saxophone (with Nadine Shank, piano)
With Jeffrey Holmes, piano; Dave Picchi, bass & Tom Giampietro, drums
Music by Stambler: Phaedrus Waking, Saint-Saens & James Grant, plus jazz tunes

Feb. 19  Wednesday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall, FREE
Graduate Jazz Composers' Concert 
Includes selections performed by Jazz Ensemble I, Jeff Holmes, director

Feb. 25  Tuesday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall, FREE
3rd Annual Bezanson Legacy Concert
Includes music by Frederick Tillis in honor of his 90th birthday: Blow Out the Candles of Your Cake
Also music by Robert Stern, Stanley Charkey, Jazer Giles & William Karlins

Feb. 27 Thursday   Bowker Auditorium  $10/5 TICKETS
39th Annual Jazz Showcase
Jeffrey W. Holmes, producer/coordinator
Featuring Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel and Jazz Lab Ensembles, Vocal Jazz Ensemble & combos
Tickets: 413-545-2511 or

March 5  Thursday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall  FREE
Faculty Jazz Concert
With special guest, Jared Sims, saxophone
Featuring Jeffrey Holmes, piano; Catherine Jensen-Hole, voice; Felipe Salles, saxophone; Bob Ferrier, guitar; Fumi Tomita, bass & Tom Giampietro, drums

March 28  Saturday, All day, Music wing, $30 (free for UMass students/faculty/staff)
38th Annual New England Saxophone Festival & Competition
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles, hosts
Otis & Haruko Murphy, classical guests; Adam Larson, jazz guest
Free concerts: 4pm (Faculty), 7pm (Guests)

March 31 Tuesday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall   FREE
Jazz Lab Ensemble
Haneef Nelson & Chris Robinson, directors

April 4  Saturday  9am-5:30pm  Bezanson Hall  FREE
22nd Annual High School Jazz Festival
Jeffrey W. Holmes, coordinator
Leyla McCalla, guest adjudicator
8pm Bowker concert by Leyla McCalla (Tickets/Info); two HS ensembles selected to open at 7:30pm

April 18  Saturday  7:30pm  Bowker Auditorium   $10/$5 UMass students free
Marimba Bands & Ensembles    TICKETS
Thomas Hannum, director

April 24  Friday  7:30pm   Bowker Auditorium  $10/$5 UMass students free
Jazz Ensemble I & Studio Orchestra      TICKETS
Jeffrey W. Holmes, director

April 26  Saturday  1pm  Bezanson Hall  $10/$5  UMass students free
Vocal Jazz Ensemble       Tickets
Catherine Jensen-Hole, director

April 29 Wednesday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall  $10/$5 UMass students free
Chapel Jazz Ensemble    Tickets
Thomas Giampietro, director