WCSU Jazz Festival features bassist Ron Carter, Robert Glasper Trio
The Western Connecticut State University Department of Music will celebrate its 24th annual Jazz Festival from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27, showcasing the university’s student and faculty jazz musicians, and featuring noted bassist Ron Carter and the acoustic jazz of the Robert Glasper Trio to Danbury for featured concerts.
The opening concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday will feature university jazz musicians, including the WCSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Adjunct Professor of Music Atla DeChamplai; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Matthew Doiron; and Frankensax, under the direction of Adjunct Professor of Music Andrew Beals.
The concert at 7 p.m. on Friday will present Carter, whose performances on more than 2,200 albums have made him among the most recorded jazz bassist in history, as the featured guest artist with the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of WCSU Associate Professor and Co-coordinator of Jazz Studies Jamie Begian.
Glasper, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning pianist, will lead his keyboard, percussion and bass trio in the closing Jazz Festival concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. April 25 $10 door, $6 advance; April 26 $20; April 27 $25. Reservations for all concerts are available at 203-837-8732, www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com