Coe Jazz Ensemble to perform at Java and Jazz Concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2012-11-05 14:45:02 - General

The Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform at the annual Java and Jazz Concert at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Featuring jazz groups from Coe and Washington, the evening includes music, dessert and coffee. The event is held in the Washington band room and is open to the public for $8.

The concert is the culminating event of a three-day Cedar Rapids residency by guest drummer Jae Sinnett. A renowned jazz artist, he will work with musicians from both schools and give a presentation to Coe students about the music of the Harlem Renaissance.

Featuring the Coe Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Steve Shanley, the Washington High School "Revolutionists" and "Jazz Also" jazz bands will perform, directed by Joel Nagel.

For more information, call 399-8521.

Guest drummer Jae Sinnett
As a nationally recognized jazz drummer, Jae Sinnett regularly records and performs with the country's leading jazz musicians. He has nine recordings as a leader dating back to 1986. Sinnett's first performance/instructional video entitled "Musical Drumming Concepts" was released in 2001. It showcases his compositions, philosophical teaching skills and drumming in various styles.

A lyrical and intelligent composer, Sinnett has written more than 150 compositions. He has also scored music for five documentaries - one of which ("John Biggers: Stories of Illumination") aired on PBS. His other professional interests include serving as jazz producer/host for National Public Radio affiliate, WHRV-FM, in Norfolk, Va.

In 1998, Sinnett was nominated for Gavin Jazz programmer of the year by his peers in the industry. As a jazz educator, he taught jazz history, theory and percussion and directed the jazz big band and jazz combos at the Governors School for the Arts (gifted high school students) in Norfolk. Sinnett also teaches as an adjunct drumset and jazz ensemble instructor at Christopher Newport University. He attended Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities as a music education major. Sinnett's instruments of choice are Sonor Designer and Delite Series Drums and Sabian Cymbals.