GWU Musicians to Perform Jazz Concert

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New Director Wally West to Lead Ensemble in Show

Wally West

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — The Gardner-Webb University Jazz Collective will perform a program featuring selections by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Wally West, the University’s new director of jazz studies, will play alto saxophone and lead the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Dover Theatre on campus. West is an award-winning musician who has served many years as a performer, educator, and band leader in North Carolina. He teaches jazz improvisation, jazz saxophone, and directs the Jazz Collective at Gardner-Webb.

Jazz Collective musicians include Kevin Clary on trumpet, Omar Wingo on alto saxophone and trombone, Owen Jefferies on tenor saxophone, Jeff Nichter on guitar, Jay Seagrave on piano, Mason Beam on bass, and Ricky Alston on drums.

Tuesday’s show will include songs such as “Watermelon Man,” by Herbie Hancock, and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” by Stevie Wonder.

For more information on the concert, contact Dr. Patricia Sparti, chair of the music department and professor of music, at 704-466-4710.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4264 or email servicerequests@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University offers a comprehensive academic experience that introduces students to the diverse world of ideas and to the people who think them, preparing them for professional success and for productive citizenship.