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Arts / Entertainment

Jazz Combos Concert April 7

April 1, 2010

Jazz musician Art Blakey said, "Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." Enjoy a night of fun improvisation at CSU's Jazz Combos Concert on April 7. Numbers by John Coltrane, Oscar Hammerstein, and CSU's own Wil Swindler, professor of jazz, will give students a unique opportunity to show their composing and arranging skills.

Wil Swindler, Colorado State University associate director of Jazz Studies, directs Jazz Combo I at the Wednesday, April 7 concert.

Wednesday, April 7
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

The Colorado State University Jazz Combos present an exciting and diverse concert on Wednesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.

Jazz pros compositions

The program includes charts by jazz pros John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Wil Swindler, and Mark Turner, as well as providing unique opportunities for students to show their composing and arranging skills including:

  • Everett Cencich
  • Ryan Sullivan
  • Ryan Van Scoyk
  • Eli Cagen
  • Ben Strauss.


  • $12 for the public
  • $7 for Colorado State students
  • $1 for youth ages 2 to 17

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

All jazz combos to play!

The CSU Jazz Combos I, II, and III play a variety of music from bebop to modern jazz and student arrangements and compositions. The emphasis is on improvisation in this fun-filled evening featuring new jazz faculty Wil Swindler directing Jazz Combo I.

Jazz Combos are small groups of musicians that emphasize adept improvisation, the expressive premise paramount to the jazz idiom.

Jazz Combos perform, arrange, and compose

CSU Jazz Combos perform at many events throughout the year, giving students the opportunity to develop their improvisational skills in a performance environment while also fostering the group dynamics of small ensemble playing.

The combos often play at venues outside of campus as well, and encourage student creativity in performance, arranging, composition and real-world music business skills.

Jazz concerts at CSU are sponsored in-part by

About Wil Swindler

Wil Swindler, saxophonist, composer and winner of the 2008 Gil Evans Fellowship, is based near Denver, CO. You can hear him both as a composer and performer with numerous groups including his Elevenet, 9th+Lincoln, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Manny Lopez's Latin Jazz Project, Red Sylvester, the Legacy Jazz Orchestra, Onda, and vocalist Barron Steffen.

Wil has received commissions from Denver University, Colorado State University, and has composed original music for Steve Wilson and Steve Weist among others. As a performer, he has played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Fedchock, Steve Wilson, Bill Warfield, Greg Gisbert, and many others.

Swindler joined the music faculty at Colorado State University in the fall of 2009 as an adjunct professor teaching jazz theory/arranging, improvisation and directing two ensembles.

Wil has served as an Adjunct Saxophone Teacher at Denver University, composition teacher for the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts, faculty at the Yellowstone Jazz Camp as well as the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Camp, and maintains an active private studio of saxophone and composition students. Mr. Swindler holds a B.M. from the University of North Texas in Jazz Studies graduating Magna Cum Laude.

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Phone: (970) 491-3603