Presbyterian College Jazz Concert Blends Genres for a Night of Musical Fusion

April 22, 2024

Get ready to experience a unique musical fusion at the upcoming jazz concert hosted by Presbyterian College in Belk Auditorium on April 24th at 7:30 pm. This special event, titled “To Jazz or Not to Jazz?,” promises an exciting blend of jazz and rock classics performed by the talented Presbyterian College Jazz Band. The concert is free and open to the public, offering an evening of vibrant music that transcends traditional genre boundaries.

Directed by Dr. Giovani Briguente, Director of Bands and Flute Instructor at Presbyterian College, the concert lineup features an intriguing mix of iconic rock hits alongside beloved jazz compositions. The repertoire includes rock anthems like Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” and Europe’s “Final Countdown,” which will be creatively intertwined with timeless jazz pieces.

The audience can expect a diverse range of musical expressions, from the intricate jazz arrangements of John Lewis’ “Afternoon in Paris” to the soulful interpretation of Jacques Revaux’s “Comme d’habitude,” famously known as “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. This innovative selection promises to captivate listeners with its blend of familiar tunes presented in fresh, jazz-infused renditions.

The concert will showcase the versatility and talent of the Presbyterian College Jazz Band, delivering performances that range from intimate quartet arrangements to the dynamic sounds of a full ensemble comprising up to 20 musicians.

Dr. Giovani Briguente shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event, stating, “We are excited to present this concert that explores the dynamic relationship between jazz and rock. Our aim is to offer a memorable evening of music that resonates with both seasoned jazz aficionados and rock enthusiasts alike. Through this performance, we hope to showcase the versatility and creativity of our talented musicians at Presbyterian College.”

The concert promises to be a celebration of musical experimentation and artistic collaboration, inviting attendees to appreciate the harmonious convergence of diverse musical genres. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast, a rock aficionado, or simply a lover of good music, the Presbyterian College Jazz Concert is an event not to be missed.

Mark your calendars for April 24th and join us at Belk Auditorium for an unforgettable night of musical fusion. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend and experience the magic of “To Jazz or Not to Jazz?”