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Thursday, Nov 6, 2003

BARUCH COLLEGE, New York, NY (10/31/03)--Baruch College will host “The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra” in a lunchtime concert that opens the 12th Annual Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series. The concert begins at 1 pm on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, in the College’s Mason Hall auditorium, 17 Lexington Ave. (at 23rd St.), Manhattan. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a Monday night institution at New York City’s historic Village Vanguard jazz club. The orchestra features many of New York’s finest studio musicians: Jim McNeely, Dick Oatts, John Riley, Dennis Irwin, Billy Drewes, Glen Drewes, , John Mosca, Gary Smulyan, and Ed Neumeister. Down Beat magazine recently wrote, “The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra remains a hidden treasure in its own land. Let’s celebrate its legacy and its status as a vanguard of modern big bands.”

Many of the band’s musicians are themselves composers and arrangers. Their credits include dozens of major motion pictures and television themes, numerous Broadway shows, and a dazzling array of performances with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and B.B. King. Their tours have brought big and jazz to every corner of the world.

This concert is organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Committee and supported by the Baruch College Performing Arts Center and the Baruch College Fund.

Upcoming events in the 2003 schedule include the “Sax in the City” quartet on December 4, the Ted Pitzecker Septet on February 19, 2004 and the Roberta Piket Trio with Billy Higgins on March 25, 2003.

The Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert series was inaugurated in 1992 at a memorable event in which the legendary bassist himself appeared along with his picks for an “All-Star” ensemble. Joining Hinton and his group for the second part of that concert was famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

The annual Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert regularly draws hundreds of students and community residents and is one of the highlights of the Baruch College cultural calendar.

Zane Berzins
News Manager

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