Originally airing Monday, April 18, 2016.
WRFA’s Jason Sample talks with Neil Flory and Ralph “Raz” Rasmussen about the The Mark Filsinger Eleventet jazz ensemble, which will headline JCC’s Jazz Fest on April 22.
Admission to the 7 p.m. performance in Scharmann Theatre is $4, general public, $3, area students and senior citizens, and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased through JCC’s box office, 716.338.1187, or online at www.campusstore.sunyjcc.edu.
The performance is sponsored by JCC’s arts, humanities, and health sciences division and college program committee.
Mark Filsinger eleventetThe Mark Filsinger Eleventet features 11 of Buffalo’s most celebrated musicians. Led by Filsinger, who teaches music at Buffalo State College, the ensemble combines the excitement and power of a big band with the creative and improvisational aspects of a jazz quartet.
Filsinger’s original compositions and arrangements include fast bebop lines, beautiful melodies, and ensemble shout choruses.
The ensemble, formed in spring 2015, has performed concerts and jazz festivals around western New York including an appearance on the main stage for the 8th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival. The group has received many accolades, including a review on jazzbuffalo.com from July 2015: “While the bands features a who’s who of jazz in WNY, what shines are the refreshing as well as stellar arrangements and compositions of Mark Filsinger.”
Performers include Bobby Militello, Dave Schiavone, Harry Fackelman, Dennis Tribuzzi, Jim Bohm, Rick Fleming, Brendan Lanighan, Bobby Jones, Jim Colemon, and Devin Kelly.
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