Jazz Ensemble to create a “Latin Explosion”


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As the concert draws near the jazz band practice with intensity to get every note right.

Sterling Neill, Staff Writer

Fickling Hall will soon come alive with the sounds of Latin history.

The Mercer University Jazz Ensemble is currently preparing for “Latin Explosion,” a fall concert featuring a variety of styles of Latin music that will be held Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

“One concert could not encompass all Latin styles—there are too many. We have a fairly wide selection, including some great jazz standards by composers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Sonny Rollins,” said Monty Cole, professor of jazz studies at Mercer and the director of the Jazz Ensemble.

One member of the Jazz Ensemble, Bailey Noles, said that Latin music appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

“Latin music is so fiery that it makes you want to dance when you hear it. Your body flows with the rhythms,” Noles said.

Cole agreed with Noles’ sentiments.

“This music will make you want to dance, even if you cannot dance in authentic Latin styles. You will feel your body start to move. It’s magical.”

Admission to the concert is free.

If you are interested in joining the Jazz Ensemble and advancing your skills in a new way, contact Dr. Cole by email at [email protected]

For more information about upcoming events at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, visit music.mercer.edu/calendar/.