Students interested in expanding their musical genres will take the stage as the newly formed CJ Jazz Ensemble. The group, led by Eagle Pride and band director Luke Grieshop, will perform on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Hannah’s restaurant.
“I was thinking about having the jazz concert in the auditorium, but realize a place like Hannah’s makes it a live scene and that’s what jazz is about,” Grieshop said.
Nearly two dozen students came to Grieshop interested in forming the ensemble earlier this year. Along with vocalists, the group includes instrumentalists who play saxophone, drums, keyboard, and bass, to name a few.
“On a whim,” as Grieshop put it, he visited Hannah’s restaurant and started talking to the owner, Luke Feerer.
“It’s been hard to reach out to the younger talent, that’s why an event like this is great,” Feerer noted.
Hannah’s frequently hosts themed nights, including a Blues night where students can play along with seasoned musicians.
“I think it’s great if you can bridge the gap between the older players and the newer players,” Feerer shared. “It’s awesome to watch them interact and see them play with each other.”
When it comes to the CJ Jazz ensemble, Grieshop said to expect a mix of music.
“We’ll have some funk, some Latin, and some swing. There will be songs people recognize for sure, and there will also be songs that are really energetic and exciting.”
- CJ Jazz Ensemble at Hannah’s Restaurant (121 N. Ludlow Street, Dayton)
- Saturday, May 26, 2 p.m.
- Food and drink available for purchase
Posted May 24, 2018