Jazz 4 Justice logoChristopher Newport University’s CNU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kelly Rossum, in partnership with Newport News Bar Association and the Peninsula Bar Association presents the 2014 Jazz 4 Justice Concert!

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7 p.m
Music and Theater Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Christopher Newport University

Tickets on sale to the public, Monday, March 3, 2014
$15 general admission, $10 student tickets
Call Ferguson Center Ticket Office at 757-594-8752 or visit online for ticket information.

“A musical tour of American big band favorites” featuring CNU Jazz Students, Alumni and Faculty Janet Roach, WVEC’s Emmy award winning journalist, special guest conductor

The CNU Jazz Ensemble will be performing chart topping swing numbers of the 1930s all the way through to some of today’s modern jazz selections. There will be music by great jazz composers, including “Duke” Ellington, “Count” Basie and Charles Mingus, along with pieces made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the fabulous jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. After the concert, there will be a jam session where everyone is invited to sit-in and play, so make sure you bring your horn.

Reception to follow, including live open Jam Session

This fundraising event supports the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia and the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar, through MDI, Inc, it’s 501(c)(3) foundation, as well as dedicated scholarship and program support for the new CNU Jazz Program. Please contact Allie Kotula at akotula@hovplc.com or call 757-599-0734 if you would like to become an event sponsor.

The CNU Jazz Ensemble is one of the Music Department’s most visible and challenging performance courses. The ensemble performs all styles of jazz music from Duke Ellington, through Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus, to the contemporary artists of today. With semiweekly rehearsals and regular performances, students are encouraged to develop the stylistic skills necessary to perform a wide variety of repertoire, and to engage in the creative process through collaboration and improvisation. 

Membership in the CNU Jazz Ensemble is determined by audition each semester. All students, both music majors and non-majors, are encouraged to participate.

Kelly Rossum, D.M.A
Kelly Rossum, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies, teaches undergraduate and graduate jazz pedagogy, jazz arranging, jazz history and literature, jazz improvisation, and directs the Advanced Jazz Combo and the CNU Jazz Ensemble. Rossum also teaches applied trumpet, brass studio class, trumpet studio class and directs the CNU Trumpet Ensemble.

Rossum is an international trumpet artist who has been invited to perform at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia, as well as repeat appearances at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City. A champion of new music, he has premiered compositions by Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, David Durst, Steven Bryant and numerous other composers. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club to natural trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany.

As a recording artist, Rossum has released four albums as a leader and has appeared on more than 40 recordings as a sideman. His compositions, incorporating improvisational and contemporary avant-garde techniques, have been performed and recorded by numerous artists and organizations. He has provided original scores for both film and dance and has received support from the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.

Previous to his appointment at CNU, Rossum served as the jazz director and trumpet professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and founded and directed the jazz program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota, one of the nation’s largest community music schools. He earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of Nebraska, his master of music degree from the University of North Texas and his doctor of musical arts from the University of Minnesota.