UMES hosts three jazz concerts
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (March 2, 2014)
– In celebration of April’s designation as Jazz Appreciation Month, the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Ella Fitzgerald Center for the
Performing Arts will be jamming with three jazz events in one weekend; April
The main event, the Big Band Bash, takes
place on Saturday at 5 p.m. Ensembles
from Bowie and Morgan state universities along with UMES will gather on one
stage to perform music from some of the greats—Charlie Mingus, Duke Ellington,
Frank Foster and Count Basie. Each band
will play a half-hour set and combine for the finale.
“These are some of the most talented
young, up-and-coming jazz musicians in Maryland,” said Brian Perez, director of the UMES
jazz ensemble and combo. “They
will all be in the same place for one night, so be sure not to miss this
A 7 p.m. concert on Friday showcases UMES’
music program with performances by the university’s Jazz Ensemble along with
the Jazz Combo. Alumni return Sunday to
perform at 4 p.m. under the direction of Perez and alumni Mercury Morris and
“We hope the community will come out to
enjoy one or more of the concerts,” Perez said.
“It’s a great opportunity to appreciate one of America’s original art
The concerts are free. Call 410-651-6571 for more information.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.