Longwood Jazz Ensemble to perform

Published 10:03 am Friday, March 15, 2019

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the Longwood University (LU) Jazz Ensemble will present a concert in Jarman Auditorium on the LU campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The LU Jazz Ensemble, in its 26th year under the direction of Dr. Charles Kinzer, will perform music from the repertoire of Oliver Nelson, Van Morrison and Clifford Brown, among others. The group will also perform “Five of Seven,” an original piece composed by Dr. Gordon Ring, of the LU Music Faculty.

The concert will feature a guest soloist, alumni saxophonist Nathan Koch. Koch is an international touring musician, recording artist, and a 2007 Longwood University graduate. Since his college days his travels as a musician have taken him from Quebec City to Bogota, Miami to Seattle, and all stops in between. He now resides in his hometown of Richmond where he has a studio of 20 saxophone, flute and clarinet students, performs locally, and tours nationally.

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Farmville music aficionados may remember Koch from numerous performances with “LeGrand Jazz” at such venues as Mulligan’s Bar and Grill during the mid-2000s, and then as a regular member of the popular East-Coast rock group “Murphy’s Kids,” with whom he began to tour professionally.

Student soloists who will be featured with the Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday include Chad Ukrop, a sophomore trumpeter from Chesterfield; Joshua Golub, a senior saxophonist from Williamsburg and Micheal Norwood, a senior bassist from Prince George.