Jazz faculty to perform fundraising concert

Luis Martinez, Entertainment Editor

Eastern’s jazz faculty will be performing a full-length jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre.

The performance will feature a variety of musical pieces ranging from jazz standards to music created by contemporary composers including Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

Sam Fagaly, the director of jazz studies, said this will be the first time this semester the full jazz faculty will be performing in the same concert.

“It’s the first one that has our full jazz faculty performing but the trio, Paul Johnston on piano, Ryan Tucker on bass and Jamie V. Ryan on drums, they had a recital a few weeks back,” Fagaly said. “We have other folks that will be joining them.”

The concert performance on Sunday will feature the trio as well as Fagaly, Andrew Cheetham, Jemmie Robertson, Nick Tucker and Scott Hesse.

“Well there’s a good variety of pieces,” Fagaly said. “People who are jazz fans will probably recognize these composers, Cedar Walton, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Those are great jazz composers.”

Fagaly also said there will be a mix of some contemporary jazz along with some familiar jazz pieces.

“For the last three years, I believe, we’ve done this on the corresponding Sunday each fall semester,” Fagaly said. “Two of the members of the group are not local to Charleston. (Tucker) comes over from Indianapolis, and (Hesse) lives in Chicago. They come down to teach but since they’re not local folks, it’s harder to get together as a full group very frequently.”

This year the proceeds from the tickets will go to the David Frank Tanner/Ronald Eugene Gholson Endowed Fund Celebrating the Goodness of Music.

The endowment fund was established in 2009 by Ronald Gholson, a professor of education, in tribute of his friend, David Tanner. The endowment has helped to pay for equipment, travel costs, scholarships, and bring in guest artists for Eastern’s jazz program.

“It’s to support really all kinds of activates in the jazz program, including scholarships, bringing in guest artists, sometimes its equipment, or music that we purchase, a variety of things that are not supported by the normal operational budget given to the department of music,” Fagaly said. “We rely on it quite a bit to do really do anything besides our normal classwork if we want to take a trip or have a guest artist, we have to use funds from that account.”

Tickets for the jazz concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.


Luis Martinez can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]