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Big Bands spring concert featuring world-renowned musician David Douglas

Dave Douglas Trumpeter

LOGAN — The Utah State University Big Bands and faculty ensemble Aggie Music Project are joined by world-renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, band leader and record label owner Dave Douglas in performances for an annual spring concert.

The concert takes place in the Caine Performance Hall April 7 at 7:30 p.m. on USU’s Logan campus.

“I first noticed Dave Douglas’ music when he released his wonderful ‘Soul on Soul’ CD,” Jon Gudmundson, director of jazz studies in the CCA, said. “After that record, I started to notice him everywhere playing in all kinds of settings, including edgy outings with John Zorn’s Masada quartet, beautiful collaboration with saxophonist Joe Lovano and his work with the German NDR Big Band. After hearing him playing at Red Butte Garden a few years ago on a program dedicated to the great Wayne Shorter, I was so knocked out by his unusual yet compellingly melodic playing that I decided we must try to get him here to work with our students.”

Besides performing with the student big bands Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, Douglas will play a few of his small group arrangements with the faculty ensemble Aggie Music Project.

The Thursday concert is part of a residency that includes clinics on improvisation, composition and trumpet, as well as open rehearsals and a Wednesday night jam session at Blue Square (free admission) from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets for the Thursday Big Bands performance are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, visit the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the Caine College’s website (

Writer: Samantha Kiser, CCA Production Services, for USU Public Relations and Marketing, 03/28/16

Photo: (CCA-BigBands-Dave-douglas-sized) Musician Dave Douglas is a guest at Utah State University April 7. He will perform in concert with the Music Department’s big bands at 7:30 p.m. at the Caine Performance Hall.