Roxanne Stevenson to Conduct SC State University's Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, April 8, 2010

R StevensonSC State University will host the Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium.

The SC State University Jazz Ensemble consists of approximately 30 members. The ensemble tours the Southeast performing a variety of traditional and contemporary jazz music. The ensemble, in the past years, has been fortunate to perform with such outstanding professional jazz musicians as Clark Terry, Joe Sample, Kenny Barrell, "Dizzy" Gillespie, Max Roach, Johnny Williams, Horace Ott and many others. The clinician for this event will be Roxanne Stevenson.

Stevenson, a professor at Chicago State University, holds a Bachelor of Science degree at Bethune Cookman College located in Daytona Beach, Fla. and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois located in Chicago, Ill. Her areas of specialization include secondary education, woodwinds and conducting. Stevenson is currently the conductor for the Chicago State University Concert Band and serves as director for the Community Concert and Jazz Bands.

Stevenson is one of the most highly sought after clinicians, adjudicators and guest conductors in the United States. She also holds the distinction of being one of the first African-American women to hold the title of director of Bands at a college or university.

Eddie Ellis, director of Bands at SC State University, is ecstatic about the event. “The audience can expect to hear big band jazz which became popular during the swing era in the early 1930’s. If you enjoy jazz music and instruments such as saxophones, trumpets and trombones, then you will definitely have to be in the building. These students are very talented and have spent countless hours practicing for this concert. It will truly be an experience to remember,” says Ellis.

During the Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert, music selections from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others will be performed. For additional information about the Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert, contact Eddie Ellis at (803) 536-8570.