Concert to Celebrate Female Jazz Artists
Oct. 7, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A concert celebrating the music of women in vocal jazz will be
presented Oct. 18 at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Head of Music Education Andrew Dahan said the University’s intellectual theme “Women’s Power, Women’s Justice” inspired him to reflect upon how much of his jazz ensemble’s music is written by
men. “Many talented performers, composers and arrangers are women in the vocal jazz
world, so I decided to build a concert around that idea and program songs that were
written or arranged by women,” said Dahan, visiting instructor of music education.
He also noted 2016 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most iconic jazz vocalists
and improvisers, so a concert reacquainting the audience with her music and that of
others seemed even more apropos, he said.
The vocal jazz ensemble Unlicensed Syncopation will perform works ranging form Sara Bareilles’ Kaleidoscope Heart/Bluebird to She, recorded by contemporary British soul singer/songwriter Laura Mvula. A second IWU
vocal jazz ensemble, Fridays at Noon, will sing Dear Ella and Unwritten. Dahan noted that so many students auditioned for Unlicensed Syncopation he decided
to create a second ensemble. “This year, Fridays at Noon is made up of all women,
which allows us to explore different repertoire than with Unlicensed Syncopation,”
The program also includes three selections by Jazz Voices of Normal Community West
High School, under the direction of Sara Williams.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. at Illinois Wesleyan’s Westbrook Auditorium, inside Presser
Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington). The concert is free and open to the public. For
more information, contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.