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Jazz Sextet to Perform Historic Horace Silver Album

Feb 16, 2018

On February 24, the small jazz sextet of West Virginia Wesleyan College will perform “Horace-Scope,” a concert to include the entirety of the Horace Silver 1960 album of the same name. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Horace-Scope is an album by jazz pianist Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1960 and features performances by Silber with Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, and Roy Brooks. The album has been described as “full of soulful grooves and well-honed group interplay” and ultimately an “eminently satisfying effort” by reviewers.

“This concert is the product of last semester’s jazz sextet,” stated Director Kyle Andrews ’13. “In addition to studying the music of Stevie Wonder, they learned the entire 1960 release Horace-Scope.

“It is relatively rare for a college ensemble to undertake a project like this, but it is instructive to dive deeply into the compositions of one artist and get at the heart of where they are coming from,” continued Andrews. “It is also rare as an audience to have an entire album presented in order, so it will be a special event for everyone involved.”

The ensemble includes Adam Bleil of Pittsburgh, PA on trumpet; Isaac Viars of Morgantown, WV on trombone; Patrick Withers of Daniels, WV on saxophone; Jules Kessler of Lewisburg, WV on guitar, Chris McGraw of Beckley, WV on bass; and David Hanson of Indiana, PA on drums.

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