April is Big Month of Jazz at Capital

As is often the case, this April is a big month for jazz programming at Capital University in Bexley. On Friday, April 6th, from noon to 8pm, the Capital University Guitar Festival will take place in Huntington Recital Hall. Enjoy clinics from guitarists Jackson Evans, Joshua Hill, and Karl Wohlwend in the afternoon, plus a concert featuring Evans, Hill, and Doug Neel, with bassist Jeff Ciampa and drummer Tony McClung, at 6pm. More details are available here. Next, Capital’s Conservatory of Music presents the 24th Annual Jazz & World Music Festival from April 9th through April 24th, kicking off with three nights of student recitals and peaking on Friday, April 13th. The day starts at 10am with the Jazz Ensemble Invitational, which brings together Capital ensembles along with middle and high school, collegiate and community jazz ensembles from within a multi-state region, for a fun and educational day of performances and clinics. At 7pm on the 13th, the Capital University Big Band and the renowned Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, led by legendary trumpeter Mike Vax, will perform at Mees Auditorium. The festival continues later in the month with outdoor sets from student bands – Full festival details are here. Finally, Doug Neel will present a Faculty Guitar/Composition Recital in Huntington Recital Hall on Tuesday, April 24th at 8pm. This concert will feature Neel’s 5tet playing tunes from his excellent 2017 release Balance (CDs will be available for $10) plus new songs and Neel switching to trombone to duet with trombonist Ryan Hamilton on the Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson chart “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big.” Head out to Capital this month for great live jazz – all events are free and open to the public! Video of the Kenton Legacy Orchestra in action is below.

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