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Jazz Concert Showcases Trombonist Rick Simerly

BOONE — Jazz trombonist Rick Simerly joins the Appalachian State University Jazz Ensemble for a Nov. 8 concert in Farthing Auditorium.

The program begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The performance is made possible by United Musical Instruments and Duncan Music Company of Winston-Salem.

The ensemble will perform a variety of jazz and big band standards. The program will be selected from the following compositions: “Take the A Train,” “A Night in Tunisia,” “Caravan,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Invitation,” “The First Circle,” “Hay Burner,” “F.M.,” “Cherry Juice” and “Hop, Skip and Jump.”

Simerly has been called “one of the most exciting and consistently creative trombonists in jazz today,” by composer David Baker. Simerly has played with the Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Nelson Riddle and Jimmy Dorsey bands and toured with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He also has performed with Billy Taylor, James Moody, Bobby Shew and others.

Simerly’s solo CD, “Simple/Complexity,” was called a “chop busting display” by Cadence Magazine.

Simerly is band director at T.A. Dugger Junior High School in Elizabethton, Tenn. He also is an artist/educational specialist for United Musical Instruments.

Todd Wright will direct the concert.