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UT Music Faculty to Explore Use of Organ in Jazz at Oct. 11 Concert

Published: October 03, 2013

On Friday, Oct. 11, members of The University of Tampa's music faculty will explore the use of the organ in jazz at a concert in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The program will include music that explores the use of the organ in jazz styles developed from the 1950s to the present by artists such as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes and Jimmy McGriff.

The instrument most often associated with jazz organ performance is the Hammond organ. In addition to a variety of Hammond organ styles, this concert will also feature the Dobson pipe organ, which is the centerpiece of the Sykes Chapel main hall.

A highlight of the concert will be several selections from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, in tribute to the classic Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaboration, with the horn arrangements orchestrated for the pipe organ.

The concert will include performances from UT music faculty members Aric Brian, trumpet; Bob Macar, organ; Tom Jemmott, guitar; and Bill Schwartzbaugh, bass; plus special guest Ian Goodman on drums.

For more information, contact Bob Macar at