Jazz Ensemble concert features music from Tadd Dameron

Youngstown State University’s Jazz Ensemble performs a free concert 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Kilcawley Center’s Hub.

The evening will feature “The Music of Tadd Dameron for Harlan Leonard and his Rockets.” Patrons may listen, dance, and purchase food and beverages from vendors in the Hub.

Dameron (1917–1965) was an African-American jazz composer/pianist from Cleveland, who is well known for his music written for Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn and his own groups. His music for Harlan Leonard provided the first opportunity for Dameron to have his music recorded and performed on a national stage. The music combines the riff and swing elements of Kansas City Jazz with Dameron’s keen harmonic sense. It foreshadows the harmonic and melodic advances in ensemble writing in the Bebop Era and beyond.

The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.