An evening of jazz in the Howard Auditorium on Nov. 7 featured performances from both the ABAC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir.
The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Donald Coates, performed a mix of jazz styles including those with swing and Latin influences. Songs the ensemble preformed included classic jazz hits such as “Lover Man,” “A Nasty Bit of Blues,” and “Sugar Train.”
The songs were also filled with solos from musicians such as Stephen Bowen on alto sax, Barry Coffee on trumpet, Tyler Partin on bass, Harry King on tenor sax, Wes Trull on guitar, and Tye Folwer on drums.
After the Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Choir took the stage. Directed by Susan Roe, the choir sang a mix a jazz tunes including classics such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Georgia on My Mind.”
This Ray Charles hit featured solos from Terrence Gibson and Kezia Green. The performances from the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir were extremely lively and very entertaining, a great representation of the talent ABAC holds.