Released in September 2017, Global is the first recording released by the Jazz Studies program at Kennesaw State University. Global features seven original student compositions including tributes to Thelonious Monk (Brandon Boone’s “Brother Monk”) and an homage to the Netflix TV series Stranger Things (Jonathan Pace’s “Upside Down”) by KSU Jazz Performance Majors Michael Opitz (tenor saxophone), Brandon Radaker (alto saxophone), Patrick Arthur (guitar), Brandon Boone (bass) and Jonathan Pace (drums).. This new recording is the culmination of the four years these students spent together performing in KSU’s top jazz combo. Global was recorded at the Murray Sound Lab in Kennesaw and was produced by Joseph Greenway, School of Music Assistant Director for Production and Technology and KSU Jazz Combo Coordinator, Trey Wright.
About Jazz at Kennesaw State University
KSU jazz students enjoy a wide range of performance opportunities off campus in a variety of settings from jazz clubs to musical theater. They also perform a minimum of twice per semester in both Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo concerts in the beautiful Bailey Performance Center.
Our outstanding jazz faculty includes active performers who play nationally and are in constant demand as clinicians and soloists. The KSU Faculty Jazz Parliament performs regularly on campus each semester.
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KSU Jazz Ensembles and Combos have performed at the Jazz Education Network conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association in-service conference, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, the International Festival of University Theatre of Casablanca, as well as performances in Montepulciano, Italy. In 2017, KSU Jazz Combo I released Global, an album of 7 original works that can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
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