Memorial jazz concert set for May 1
Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Baker Professor of Music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus.
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be collected at the door to support the Chris Grubb endowed scholarship, presented annually to a returning saxophonist from the Jazz Ensemble. It honors the memory of Grubb, who died in an automobile accident in 1985 while a student at Baker.
Guest artist and trombonist Harry Watters, making his fourth appearance in 12 years at Baker, will perform at the concert. Watters is a highly sought-after soloist, who was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland and the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He performs with the Washington, D.C., Army Ceremonial Band and is a Summit recording artist and clinician for the Jupiter Instrument Company. In addition to Mr. Watters' appearance, the concert will feature mostly pop, rock, and funk tunes from repertoire made famous by the Blues Brothers, Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan.
Featured vocalists for the concert are Baker students Madison Wendt and Morgan Giudicessi.