WCU Jazz Ensemble to Perform with Guest Bassist

“I hear music, mighty fine music and anytime I think my world is wrong, I get me out of bed and sing this crazy song,” sings Ella Fitzgerald as she tells us about spring love to the accompaniment of trumpets, bass, and a little piano in her song “I hear music.”

While students find that the semester is indeed winding down faster than originally thought, they are also discovering that there are still many activities for them to participate in as the brisk season arrives in the valley.

In continuation of a little spring jazz, the Western Carolina University Jazz Ensemble announces a performance with visiting guest bass artist, Kristin Korb on Friday, April 20, in the recital hall of Coulter Building. The concert will begin at 8pm.

Korb is a vocalist and bassist who has recorded with many influential jazz artists, including Ray Brown, Conte Candoli, and Benny Green. She will perform several selections with a jazz trio as well as feature numbers with the WCU Jazz Ensemble.

A Montana native, Korb was raised in a musical family and performed numerous concerts with her three younger brothers. As a youngster, she was dedicated to the acoustic guitar, but in high school, her choir teacher introduced her to the world of jazz. It wasn’t long before she took up playing bass. Korb earned her master’s degree at the University of California- San Diego, and she also finds time to teach jazz history and lead a vocal jazz ensemble at Grossmont College.

Her recent performances have taken her to Japan, and her debut CD has been released on the Telarc label.

Tickets for $5 for adults and $3 for WCU students and senior citizens. For more information, contact the WCU music Department at (828) 227-7242.