The Connoisseur Series of the Southern Miss School of Music opens the 2021-22 season by presenting the KC Chamber Jazz Quintet in a free concert, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. The public is invited to enjoy these incredible guest artists brought to Hattiesburg for this one-night-only concert event.
Kansas City has had a strong jazz scene since the 1920s and remains one of the most active jazz communities in the world. That has attracted lots of players from New York City and Los Angeles because of the large number of playing opportunities, the high caliber of musicianship, and the affordability of the area.
The KC Chamber Jazz Quintet has appeared at numerous KC venues and performed live on KC Public Radio and is now venturing out to make their presence known around the country.
"This promises to be a great show,” said Larry Panella, jazz studies director at Southern Miss. “These performers will take you on a jazz journey of unique arrangements and compositions and superb playing all around. It is said that ‘a great jazz performance is a conversation between friends,’ and we invite you to come hear what they have to say."
The group was formed by saxophonist David Valdez and co-leader/bassist Joseph Panella, a Southern Miss Alum and Panella’s son. Joining them are Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Jasnam Daya Singh, award-winning trumpeter Nathan Nall, and NYC-based drummer Anthony Pinccioti.
The KC Chamber Jazz Quintet is an ensemble based in the traditions of Kansas City Jazz. performing modern compositions that exhibit the conceptual tendencies of chamber music.Their repertoire features arrangements and compositions by modern composers from around the world such as Jasnam Daya Singh, Pere Soto, and Thelonious Monk to name a few.
The Quintet collectively brought together a wide range of performance experiences from working with Adam Larson, Steve Cardenas, and Logan Richardson to Larry Grenadier, Sullivan Fortner, and Tivon Penicott.
For more information about the Southern Miss School of Music, visit usm.edu/music.