Nov. 16 UH Jazz Concert to Showcase Contemporary, Classic Works

Houstonians are no doubt appreciative of the dropping temperatures. It's only fitting then that the University of Houston complements the weather change with an evening of cool jazz.  Audiences can certainly chill out with UH's Moores Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra during a concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16 in Moores Opera House. Selections range from contemporary works to new twists on big band classics.

For music aficionados, concerts such as this are a perfect opportunity to experience rising jazz talents. Members of both the ensemble and orchestra rehearse diligently to improve themselves as musicians and entertain Houstonians.

"Most players who decide to play jazz at the Moores School of Music are the fearless ones," said Ryan Gabbart, MSM assistant director of jazz studies. "The best musicians are those who are unafraid to try over and over again in order to get better. These students do just that. They devote time outside of their regular schedules to research, study, practice and perform jazz at a high level."

Tickets for this performance are $10 and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 713-743-3313.

The concert's program is as follows.

UH Jazz Ensemble (led by Ryan Gabbart, assistant director of jazz studies)

"It's a Most Unusual Day" arranged by James Sochinski:  

"Albequirky" by Dan Cavanagh: 

"Just When I'm Thinkin' 'Bout You" by Rob Vuono Jr.

"Wave" arranged by Michael Philip Mossman

"Quietude" by Thad Jones


UH Jazz Orchestra (led by Noe Marmolejo, director of jazz studies)

"ABC Blues" by Bob Brookmeyer 

"Black Rattle" by Dan Cavanagh

"Slings and Arrows" arranged by Rob Lussier

"Common Ground" by Neil Slater

"Bloomdido" arranged by Mike Crotty


WHAT: Moores Jazz Ensemble, Moores Jazz Orchestra in concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16
WHERE: Moores Opera House, University of Houston - Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard
WHO: University of Houston/Moores School of Music