MOUNT OLIVE – The Mount Olive College Concert Series presents the John Brown Jazz Quartet on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Mount Olive Assembly Hall. John Brown is a native of Fayetteville and currently serves as professor and director of the Jazz Program at Duke University.
Brown began studying the bass at the age of nine with Susan Ellington. He performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at 13 and was playing principal bass by high school. In college, Brown developed a great love for jazz, and began pursuing performance opportunities in both jazz and classical music. He has performed in the US and abroad with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Cedar Walton and Mark Whitfield.
Brown’s award-winning jazz ensemble specializes in bringing new life to some of the best-known classics and introduces original music as well. Their debut recording, “Terms of Art: A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers”, reached #8 on the national Jazz Week chart.
The performance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be open to all students, faculty and the public. Tickets are $10. For more information, contact Stuart Burnham at 919-658-7166.
Mount Olive College hosts four concerts each year, offering a variety of artists such as concert pianists, string quartets, jazz ensembles, opera singers, and chamber music ensembles.
Mount Olive College is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The college, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.