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Jazz concert set for Dec. 2

The Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Composers Collective, directed by Anthony D.J. Branker, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The concert, titled "Extending the Tradition," will feature performances of original student compositions and works from a variety of composers representing a wide spectrum of styles.

Some of the works on the program were performed by the Jazz Composers Collective on its recent trip to Estonia for a series of concerts sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Estonia and the Estonian Academy of Music. Under the direction of Branker, the group gave three concerts between Oct. 27 and Nov. 5, including a performance at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn, where it premiered "The Eesti Jazz Suite." The piece was composed by Branker during his fall 2005 residency as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor of music at the academy of music.

The Princeton students also performed their own original material in concerts at two jazz clubs and appeared on Estonian national television's version of "The Today Show." The group includes seniors Irwin Hall on alto saxophone, Ben Wasserman on tenor saxophone, Dean Reynolds on bass and Chuck Staab on drums and junior Julia Brav on piano.

The Dec. 2 event also will feature the Concert Jazz Ensemble performing the big band music of Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Horace Silver, Bob Mintzer and Keny Werner.

Tickets may be purchased online through University Ticketing or through the Richardson Auditorium box office, (609) 258-5000. 

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