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Jazz is where it's at! Learn about jazz improv with top area jazz musicians, join Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens for an evening of solo works for piano, and kick-back with late-night Jazz Ensemble Live Thursdays. The season will culminate with a performance by keyboardist, composer, bandleader, DownBeat Hall-of-Famer, NEA Jazz Master and fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history, the legendary Chick Corea.

Key: Alvarez College Union = ACU; Davidson College Presbyterian Church = DCPC; Duke Family Performance Hall = DFPH; Tyler-Tallman Hall = TTH

Upcoming Events 2017-18

Jazz Ensemble Performing During Family Weekend

Family Weekend Concert with the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 9 p.m. • TTH

Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as they perform highlights of their season during Davidson College's Family Weekend celebrations.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Thursday, November 30, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

Under the direction of accomplished saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents an enthralling evening of small group jazz literature and improvisation.

Free and open to the public.

Harry Pickens at the piano

Harry Pickens Solo Piano Concert

Thursday, January 25, 20187:30 p.m. TTH Tickets

As part of his three day residency, please join Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens for an evening of solo works for piano.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Harry Pickens playing piano

Jazz Ensemble Residency Concert, featuring Harry Pickens, piano

Friday, January 26, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens returns for an intense three-day residency with the Jazz Ensemble. In addition to the concert, he will hold numerous workshops with the students and give a solo performance.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz singer on stage

Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday Singers

Thursday, March 15, 2018 • 10 p.m. • DFPH 

Winners of the 2018 "Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition" take center stage at Live Thursday, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance.

Free and open to the public.

Latin Grammy winner Chick Corea

Chick Corea, with the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late '60s and early '70s.

Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who's who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is "a luminary, ebullient, and eternally youthful.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz concert on the Green

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble: Spring Concert on the Green

April 2018 (Date To Be Announced) • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as they perform various repertoire from their 2017-18 season on the Davidson Town Green.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Spring Concert

Thursday, May 3, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall for an electrifying evening to close out our jazz combo season.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée Performing on stage

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 18, 2018 • 4 p.m. • Mariam Cannon Hayes Amphitheatre

Be sure to come celebrate Commencement weekend with the Jazz Ensemble's Senior Soirée. This special event will recognize and feature senior members of the ensemble.

Free and open to the public.