Jazz Ensemble headed to New York City


Emporia State’s Jazz Ensemble is one of just 10 ensembles invited to perform at the 13th annual New York Jazz Festival, April 11-14, 2014. 

“Needless to say, the students are really excited about the opportunity to play in NYC,” said Gary Ziek, professor of music. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the students in the Emporia State University Jazz Ensemble. They will be performing, receiving clinics from world-class jazz artists and listening to groups from around the country and world. They will be performing in what is considered to be the most prestigious venue for jazz performance in the United States, Jazz at Lincoln Center.” 

Emporia State’s festival concert performance will be in The Allen Room at Lincoln Center on April 13. 

“It is an incredible venue, with the backdrop being a 90-foot glass window overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline. We have a truly outstanding group of 22 students who work at preserving and promoting America’s native musical art form, jazz,” Ziek said, adding that the ensemble will be featuring music in a number of different styles. 

The trip will be the first to New York City for most of the students in the group. “We want to give them every opportunity to soak in the culture that this amazing city has to offer,” Ziek said. 

Although this is the first time that the Emporia State ensemble has been to the New York City Jazz Festival, the group has performed in several prominent festivals in the past. Among them are two performances at the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2004.