Jazz enthusiasts will have plenty to choose from as Temple College hosts five different jazz concerts in November.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Temple Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. This concert is titled “The Modern Big Band Sound and the Composers Who Helped Shape It.” It will feature pieces written by composers spanning the past 50 years, from post-Basie bandleader Thad Jones to more cutting-edge composers such as Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. There also will be a premiere of a new piece by TJO Director Dr. Benjamin Irom titled “Metaphorically Speaking.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase in the Fine Arts Division office and at the door.

The Temple Jazz Orchestra is the premier jazz ensemble in central Texas and includes the best professional jazz musicians and educators from throughout the area. For more information on this or other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.

photo of Colin Mason

Dr. Colin Mason

On Sunday, Nov. 6, the TC Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium. The concert will feature works from composers such as Charles Argersinger and Matt Catingub. A $5 admission charge will support scholarships for Temple College music students. The TC Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Colin Mason.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the TC faculty jazz ensemble will give a free concert at 12:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre. The group will play original compositions and arrangements that encompass a variety of styles, including swing, fusion and Latin. The ensemble is also led by Mason and currently includes Randy Zimmerman (trombone), Dr. Ben Irom (piano), Brian Pardo (guitar), Tarik Hassan (bass) and Norm Bergeron (drums).

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the jazz quintet GroovesKool will give a free concert at 12:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre. GroovesKool includes Keith Fiala (trumpet), Robert Sundberg (sax), Andrzej Kujawa (bass), Dr. Ben Irom (keyboard) and Harrell Williams (drums). The group will perform selections ranging from standards of the jazz repertoire to originals influenced by the likes of Jeff Lorber, David Sanborn, Donald Fagen and other icons.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the TC Jazz Combo will give a free concert at 12:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre. The ensemble will play favorites from jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

For more information on these and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.