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Lexington, VA -- The Shenandoah Valley is known for many wonderful things. Now you can add Big Band Jazz to that list. The Vosbein Magee Big Band makes its Lexington debut on the next SonoKlect concert at Washington and Lee University, and it’s not to be missed. Comprised of the area’s finest talent, this band will be presented on Saturday, October 10th at 8pm on campus in Wilson Hall. A reception follows the performance, offering the audience a chance to meet and greet the performers and one another.
Composer/arranger Terry Vosbein and trumpeter Chris Magee have been collaborating for many years. Gig after gig they talked about putting a band together. This past summer they assembled the area’s best jazz musicians with the goal of playing high level music that can’t be heard anywhere else. Finally, in the summer of 2015, it all came together at the Salem Jazz and Arts festival, where they debuted to critical acclaim.
The band features some familiar faces to SonoKlect audiences, as well as some new names. Tom Artwick leads the sax section, and Tom Lundberg will have some things to say on the trombone. Other soloists include Edwin Parker on tenor, Wayne Gallops on piano, Tom McKenzie on trombone and Chuck Dotas on trumpet.
The program will be drawn from a variety of sources. Several titles come from Vosbein’s recent compact discs, including selections from his recording of the music from “Sweeney Todd.” Chuck Dotas will lead the band in his arrangement of “Back Home Again In Indiana.” Additionally Vosbein has uncovered manuscripts by some of the foremost arrangers of advanced swing music, including Bill Holman and Willie Maiden. From start to finish, this will be an exciting and fun evening of superb big band jazz.
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