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Jazz Ensemble I

The UMass Jazz Ensemble I, led by director Jeffrey W. Holmes, was recently named the top Blues/Pop/Rock Ensemble by Downbeat magazine, one of six Student Music Awards received by the UMass jazz program this year. The program will include new student works plus compositions by Earl MacDonald and Steely Dan, in honor of the late Walter Becker. Joining Jazz Ensemble I on the October 13 program will be the UMass Chapel Jazz Ensemble, led by Thomas Giampietro, which will perform works by legendary arrangers/composers Benny Carter, Duke Ellington and Oliver Nelson.