The Jazz Fellowship, a new twenty piece ensemble originating from Denton, makes its Dallas Arts District debut at 7 p.m. on March 10, 2015, at Tuesday Nite Jazz. The concert and reception with the artists that follows are free, but seating in the historic sanctuary of St. Paul UMC Dallas is limited. Please reserve your place online at http://tuesdaynitejazz.org/next-at-tnj.html All people of all ages are welcome. Tuesday Nite Jazz concerts are open to all free of charge, thanks to generous support from season sponsor Allie Beth Allman & Associates and from grants by the TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) and the Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation. TNJ is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The Jazz Fellowship features many of the best musicians fresh from UNT, along with a handful of the great veteran jazz musicians in the Metroplex, including Rosana Eckert, Rodney Booth, Jeff Eckels, Noel Johnston, and Chris McGuire. The artistic director is keyboardist and saxophonist Drew Zaremba, who does all of the arrangements and compositions. This innovative big band includes french horn, vibraphone, and the use of vocals as an instrument as well as a lyric solo. In March, The Jazz Fellowship will play several brand new charts penned by Zaremba, including a recent collaboration with Rosana Eckert as a lyricist and several new instrumental pieces that have yet to be premiered in Texas. Expect to recognize a few choice favorites of Zaremba's repertoire along with the new. The Jazz Fellowship is one of several projects Drew is heading up. He also directs the Unity Orchestra, a fifty-five piece orchestra that specializes in crossing jazz with classical, pop, and other genres. The Unity Orchestra gave its premiere concert on Feb 2 in Voertmann Hall at UNT, featuring the compositions and arrangements of Zaremba. Drew Zaremba While at UNT, Drew Zaremba played tenor and lead alto saxophone with the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. As a graduate student, he served as Rich DeRosa’s teaching fellow, primarily as an arranging lab instructor, and lectured in Rich’s absence. He also had the privilege to perform and work with John Clayton, Chuck Findley, Mike Clark, Carol Welsman, Walt Weiskopf, and Billy Harper. As an ambitious bandleader, Drew assembled the Fellowship Big Band his senior year, mixing some of the best students and faculty into one big band to play and record his compositions. On February 2, 2015, Drew achieved a similar goal for his Masters recital, recruiting sixty of the best musicians in Denton to play and record his compositions as Unity Orchestra.
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