Charlottesville, VA - The Robert Jospé Quartet traces the development of jazz with a concert at Piedmont Virginia Community College on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. From ragtime to fusion, The History of Jazz highlights compositions from some of the greatest American jazz artists and composers including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Joe Zawinul.
Jospé is a percussionist, composer and favorite of the local music scene. After 15 years playing in the jazz clubs of New York City, he moved to Charlottesville and has been an instructor of percussion with the University of Virginia's music department's performance faculty since 1989.
Quartet members also include Jeff Decker, U.Va. instructor, saxophone, jazz & classical, on saxophones; Bob Hallahan, assistant professor of music at James Madison University, on piano; and Randall Pharr, instructor, jazz bass, at Virginia Commonwealth University, on bass.
Jospé and fellow percussionist Kevin Davis will also present World Beat Workshop, Friday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. Audience members will take part in a musical, historical, cultural and geographical journey through the Americas while exploring West African rhythms and their influence in current music styles. Using percussion instruments, music charts and a map, this interactive program includes clapping, dancing and singing to salsa, calypso, merengue, samba and hip-hop music styles.
Tickets to The History of Jazz are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling the PVCC Box Office and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at Sidetracks, University of Virginia Arts Box Office, Greenberry's Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) and the PVCC Cashier's Office during normal business hours. They can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office window two hours before the performance.
Admission to World Beat Workshop is free and open to the public.
The History of Jazz is made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
All events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building. The Main Stage Theatre is wheelchair accessible.