JAZZ @ MIDDLEBURY
Jazz has been part of the Middlebury experience since the early 1930’s, when a group of students formed a band to play the music that’s come to be called America’s National Treasure. Jazz continues to be heard in practice rooms and performance spaces across campus. The Music Department supports a vibrant jazz scene with two organized activities for jazz players, periodic courses in jazz and other popular music genres, and jazz-specific private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums.
The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble is the College’s swingin’ 17-piece big band. The Basie band remains a strong influence. In addition to charts from the Basie, Ellington, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones books (for example), the band also plays the best of contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements. Membership in the band is by audition only. The SIJE maintains an active performance schedule that includes dance gigs, club dates and concerts.
The Jazz Workshop provides an opportunity for students to work on jazz idiom and theory, improvisation, repertoire development, and playing in small groups. Beginning jazz players are welcome; advanced students and existing jazz combos are encouraged to participate. Auditions are helpful, but not required. Combo performances are encouraged and supported in spaces around campus, at 51Main (the College’s downtown bistro) and in presentations in the Center for the Arts.
We’re happy to feature several recordings of our current and former students. The recordings were made at performances in the MCA Concert Hall, using two fixed microphones mounted over the stage. The recording results are, unfortunately, not studio-quality, but the samples will give you an idea of the material we play and the great music we make together.
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88 Basie Street. Composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico. SIJE, featuring Felix Klos ‘14, piano.
Bag’s Groove. Composed by Milt Jackson, arranged by John Clayton, Jr.. SIJE, featuring Grace Bell ‘13, vibes, Jeff Haswell ’12, tenor sax, and Peter Moore ’14, alto sax.
Caravan. Composed by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, arranged by John Wasson. SIJE, featuring Taylor Smith, ’12, alto sax.
I Hope in Time a Change Will Come. Composed and arranged by Oliver Nelson. SIJE, featuring Andy Singer, ’11, soprano sax.
Time after Time. Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne. Arranged for the Marty Paich Orchestra. SIJE, featuring Elizabeth Goffe ’09, vocals, Ross Bell ’10, tenor sax.
I Mean You. Composed by Thelonious Monk. The Felix Klos Trio. Felix Klos ’14, piano, Brian Parker ’14, bass, Joel Feier, ’13 drums.
Time after Time. Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne. The Felix Klos Trio. Felix Klos ’14, piano, Brian Parker ’14, bass, Joel Feier, ’13 drums.