Uptown Jazz Series to Highlight Music from ‘The Cool Era’

The Uptown Jazz Series at Duquesne University continues to chronicle The Evolution of Jazz with a concert focusing on music composed during the genre's "Cool Era."

The Evolution of Jazz: The Cool Era will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation in the Mary Pappert School of Music.

The concert will feature tunes from the 1957 album Birth of the Cool, a compilation by jazz musician Miles Davis that is often credited for defining the music of the "Cool Era" of jazz. Works by Gerry Mulligan-a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger-and jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck will also be highlighted.

Guest artists at The Evolution of Jazz: The Cool Era include Shanyse Strickland, horn; Ray DeFade, baritone saxophone; and Mike Panza, tuba.

The six-concert Uptown Jazz Series features a core group of Mary Pappert School of Music faculty members and special guest performers under the direction of Mike Tomaro, professor of jazz studies, jazz saxophone and composition. He also developed this year's theme, he organizes and arranges all of the music, and he performs during each concert.

General admission is $10 for each concert. For more information, visit www.duq.edu/UptownJazz.

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