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March 26: Vocal jazz concert covers the spectrum
March 19, 2015

VoJazz-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The vocal jazz ensemble VoJazz will showcase vocal, instrumental, solo and duet jazz literature in a free, public concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Bryan Hall at Washington State University.

March 27: Seattle soloist joins VoJazz in free concert
March 18, 2014

VoJazz-2014-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Seattle based singer Greta Matassa will join Washington State University’s VoJazz for a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Bryan Hall. The evening will include a tribute to Charles Argersinger, an emeritus professor in the WSU School of Music who passed away in April.

Jazz Big Band and VoJazz in concert
January 25, 2010

PULLMAN – The WSU School of Music and the Jazz Society will present WSU’s Jazz Big Band and VoJazz, a vocal jazz ensemble, during Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Kimbrough Concert Hall.

The concert is free to the public.

The WSU Jazz Big Band is currently under the direction of Dave Snider, jazz bass instructor, while Gregory Yasinitsky is on sabbatical leave. Dave Snider has selected five celebrated compositions: “So Long Eric” by Charles Minus, “It Mostly Bees That Way Sigmund Floyd” by Phil Wilson, “Begin The Beguine” by Artie Shaw, “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” by Duke Ellington and … » More …

WSU Jazz Ensembles in concert at WSU
September 28, 2009

PULLMAN – Award-winning WSU Jazz Ensembles will present in concert at WSU at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 in Kimbrough Concert Hall.


The concert is free of charge.

The concert will open with the WSU vocal jazz ensemble (VOJAZZ) directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth. The group will perform an eclectic mix of jazz and jazz-influenced gospel music with great harmonies and soulful singing. Director Hollingsworth will lead a unique introduction inspired by Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood and his book of  Afro-Cuban “Riddims”. VOJAZZ will also perform a wonderful arrangement of the Miles Davis classic, “All Blues.” The concert will … » More …

WSU receives top awards at Lionel Hampton Festival
February 27, 2009

PULLMAN — Students from the WSU Jazz Studies Program received top awards at “College Day” at the 2009 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held Thursday, Feb. 26, at the University of Idaho.


Receiving “Adjudicators’ Choice” awards—presented to the best ensembles in their divisions—were the WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, and WSU VOJAZZ (vocal ensemble) directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth, in her first year as a School of Music faculty member. Also receiving an Adjudicators’ Choice award was WSU bassist Matt Grimes who was invited with other top soloists of the day to perform … » More …

WSU jazz ensembles to perform
February 5, 2009

PULLMAN — A concert featuring the award-winning WSU jazz ensembles will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Kimbrough Concert Hall on the WSU Campus. The concert will be free of charge.


The concert will open with the VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble under the direction of Kathleen Hollingsworth. The group will sing selections that they will also perform at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.


The Jazz Big Band under the direction of Greg Yasinitsky will perform Chick Corea’s classic “500 Miles High” as arranged by Mark Taylor, Doug Davis’s “B and Me” and Tom Kubis’s exciting “Slauson Cutoff.”


The band will … » More …

Vocal Extravaganza to present music for all
October 27, 2008

PULLMAN — WSU Vocal Extravaganza, a showcase of the vocal/choral ensembles in the School of Music, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Bryan Hall Theatre. 

Included in the performance will be University Singers, Concert Choir, Opera Workshop, Madrigal Singers and VoJazz. Tickets for the event cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be on sale beginning Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Kimbrough Music Building and will be available at the door Nov. 7 beginning at 5 p.m.  It is recommended that tickets are pre-purchased to avoid … » More …

WSU receives multiple honors at festival
February 25, 2008

PULLMAN – Groups and individuals from WSU received top honors on “College Day” at the 2008 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held at the University of Idaho Feb. 21.

WSU VOJAZZ under the direction of Jennifer Parker received an Adjudicators’ Choice Award as did soloists Matt Lanka, baritone saxophone; David Miner, instrumental composition; Troy Robey, bass; and Tiffany Stephens, drums. The WSU Jazz Big Band under the direction of Greg Yasinitsky received an Adjudicators’ Special Commendation Award as did soloists Kayla Williams, alto voice; and Himes Alexander, bass voice. This total of eight awards is more than double the number of awards received by any … » More …

Vocal Extravaganza presents jazz, gospel and more
November 5, 2007

PULLMAN – The School of Music at WSU will present its annual Vocal Extravaganza, a showcase of the five choral ensembles on campus, at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in Bryan Hall Theatre. The event will feature performances by the WSU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, University Singers, VoJazz, and Crimson Revue.

Madrigal Singers, wearing costumes reminiscent of the Renaissance period, will perform madrigals by John Dowland and Giovanni Gastoldi and an arrangement of the Beatle’s popular tune “Penny Lane”.

The 70-voice University Singers will be performing the first three movements from Missa Brevis in D Major, KV. 194, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These three movements, … » More …

Vocalist Kevin Mahogany performs with jazz bands
March 20, 2007

PULLMAN – Internationally renowned vocalist Kevin Mahogany is performing, Tuesday, with the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ ensemble at 8:00 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre on the WSU campus. With eleven CD’s as a leader, and quite a few as a sideman, Mahogany has proved to be the quintessential jazz vocalist. Newsweek describes him as “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.” New Yorker magazine writer Whitney Balliet writes, “There is little Mahogany cannot do.” Says the LA TIMES, “Mahogany is one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years.” Mahogany will perform Duke Ellington’s classics “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it … » More …