Jazz is a vibrantly diverse music that has influenced -- and has been influenced by -- musical styles from all over the world. Mike Holober, artistic director and conductor of the award-winning Westchester Jazz Orchestra, returns to the Ashforth Children's Concert Series with an international group of musicians who will introduce the audience to the sounds of Bossa Nova and other world styles, and explain how they are related to jazz on Sunday, January 23, at 2 p.m., in the Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium.
Drawing upon the talent of renowned Westchester-based professional musicians, composers and arrangers, the Orchestra performs a broad range of jazz works from classic standards to commissioned pieces. It is also committed to inspiring young listeners with outreach programs in jazz education.
Trained as a classical pianist and conductor, Holober began his apprenticeship as a jazz pianist and composer after moving to New York City in 1986. He has worked with some of the best jazz artists on the scene, and can be heard on over 50 recordings as a sideman. Holober's work as a composer and arranger has earned him a reputation as one of New York's most respected jazz writers. With his recent appointment as associate director of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop he has joined the ranks of writers such as Bob Brookmeyer, Manny Albam and Jim McNeely.
The Ashforth Children's Concert Series is designed to expose children to classical and jazz music performance. The 45-minute long show is appropriate for elementary school children. Pick up free, unassigned seating tickets (limit six per person) at the Cole Auditorium at noon, and return when doors open at 1:50 pm. For more information, please contact the Public Relations Office at (203) 622-7965.