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2018 Jazz Faculty Concert!

It was 2:00pm and those who knew just how great this concert was going to be were all ready in their seats and grateful they didn’t have to miss it, for a class.

The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Our amazing Jazz faculty warmed up and began performing one another’s works!  The set list included:

Motor City by Kevin Pace

Key West Waltz by Harry Watters

Floating on AIR by John Kocur

Forgiven by John Kocur

Route 90 East by  Ken Hall

Tune for Ralph by Ken Hall

The Grind by Kevin Pace

The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

We have a stunning line up of musicians here at NOVA!  Our latest faculty addition, Harry Watters, took us to a whole new world.  Harry, has graced the stage with, “Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra, to name a few…

Andrew Hare, drums, Harry Watters, trombone and Kevin Pace, bass, at the Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley
John Kocur, Jacob Garbus, Andrew Hare, Harry Watters, Kevin Pace, Wade Beach and Ken Hall at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley
Andrew Hare and Kevin Pace brought every complex rhythm, together, at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Andrew Hare is an exceptional drummer!  Andrew Hare grew up in a musical family, but didn’t find the drums until high school.  He quickly fell in love with jazz through the music of Miles Davis and began to grow rapidly as a musician.  His pursuit of jazz led to a music degree from Michigan State University, where he played in the schools award-winning Big Band, as well as an array of small groups. In addition to touring Japan and the United States with the MSU Big Band, he was also selected to participate in the prestigious Jazz Aspen Academy under the guidance of Christian McBride. He has also had the opportunity to perform with some legendary musicians including Rodney Whitaker, Jon Faddis, Frank Morgan, and Hank Jones.  Since moving to DC in 2009, Andrew has become the chair of the percussion department at the Levine School of Music, earned a masters of music from the University of Maryland , and created the popular jazz drumming blog “The Melodic Drummer”, all while playing and recording with some of the area’s top jazz musicians.  He looks forward to an exciting career of sharing his passion for music with audiences in DC and around the country.

Kevin Pace performs at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Kevin,  is known for his solid, earthy style of bass playing that you can hear live on over 30 recordings.  A founding member of the DC Jazz Composers Collective, Pace has composed numerous award-winning compositions for jazz ensembles, orchestras, film, and artist collaborations.  He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and the Smithsonian, as well as jazz clubs all over the East Coast.  Pace has performed with jazz greats including Gretchen Parlato, Freddie Redd, and David “Fathead” Newman.  He teaches here at NOVA as well as Shepherd University.

Wade Beach and Ken Hall at the The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Jazz piano teacher, Wade Beach, (As George Mason’s website proudly states, ” is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations.” vWade teaches at George Mason University, as well as here with our students.   Wade is everywhere, He’s honestly just a joy to listen to.  He’s collaborated, ” with jazz artists including: Eddie Harris, Billy Harper, Gary Bartz, Richie Cole, Grady Tate, Keeter Betts, and Andrew White. Also pop artists including The Jackson Five, Barry White, and The Dells. Performed sols piano at the Kool Jazz Festival in the Kennedy Center – also performed at the Wolftrap Jazz Festival.  He Joined The Air Force Band in 1979,” as well as working with The Airmen of Note.  Wade, ” has performed for three presidents, and with great artists such as: Peter Erskin, Bob Berg, Tommy Newsom, Joe Williams, Ernie Watts, Arturo Sandoval, and Dave Liebman.Twice performed Duke Ellington’s piano concerto “A New World A’ Comin” with The Air Force Orchestra at Constitution Hall. Traveled throughout the world performing at notable locations including Carnegie Hall in NewYork. Also created many recordings with The Air Force Band. Played on the Norway’s Jazz Cruise, at the East Coast Jazz Festival with Andrew White, and at Blues Alley with Vaughn Nark, Andrew White, and Tim Eyerman. Most recently Wade is playing in a group with Jeff Antoniuk, Tom Baldwin, and Tony Martucci called “The Jazz Update.”

Ken Hall performs at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley
Ken Hall received a bachelors from Westfield State University in Mass. and his masters from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. He’s studied classical guitar with Tim Olbrych and William Feasley and jazz guitar with Mick Goodrick, Barry Galbraith and Ted Dunbar.
Aside from teaching for us, Ken is an in-demand freelance guitarist playing engagements with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, Signature and Olney Theatres, Blues Alley and the Smithsonian. He toured the former Soviet Union with a 16-piece big band as a guest of the Soviet State Department and has performed with jazz greats Max Roach, Dave Weckl, Slide Hampton, Keter Betts, Don Braden, Hilary Jones, Chris Vadala, country rocker Charlie Daniels, gospel great Andrae Crouch, comedienne Joan Rivers, and Italian crooner Al Martino to name a few.
Aside from his time here at NOVA, he has also taught classical and jazz guitar at Amherst College, Westfield State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.
John Kocur and Jacob Garbus at The Jazz Faculty Concert in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur is the head of our Jazz Studies Program.  At the Washington Post puts it, “Kocur, a saxophonist so admired in the D.C. area that he’s nicknamed “The Smoker,” dominated the bandstand with his passionate playing.” – The Washington Post

When John isn’t teaching around town, he’s working with his quartet or freelancing.  Recent performances by the John Kocur Quartet have included venues such as Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the DC Jazz Festival, Twins Jazz, and the Phillips Collection.

Overall, City Paper said it best, Alto saxophonist John Kocur isn’t called “The Smoker” for nothing. He’s simply one of the finest soloists the D.C. jazz scene has to offer—and, it turns out, one of its most promising composers and bandleaders, too.” -Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

In addition to leading his own group, John has performed as a sideman with the international touring acts such as Jamie Cullum and Joe Piscipo. In the Washington, D.C. area he has particiapted in the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, Capital Focus Jazz Band, and the Too Damn Big Orchestra. In addition, he frequently collaborates with musicians in other genres, playing with progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and bluegrass duo Herb and Hanson. John has proudly performed overseas at the Jazz Ascona Festival in Switzerland and the first annual Nagano Jazz Festival in Japan. Throughout his career, he has shared the stage with legendary jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Fred Wesley, Jimmie Owens, Freddie Redd, and Buck Hill.

Jacob Garbus performing at The Jazz Faculty Concert at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts, room 118. Photo by Britt Conley

And Jacob Garbus is our next up and coming saxaphonist! He’s placed all around the world and with our own John Kocur, The Pharcyde, De La Soul and Talib Kweli, to name a few!  His bio will blossom before you know it because his playing is right up there!  My advice is, learn what you can from him now, because he’ll be off creating an amazing career before we know it!

 

 

 

 

 

Arts on the Avenue 2018

It’s not easy to move a massive band around town, but Band Director Lisa Eckstein is always undaunted!  Saturday she procured a truck and packed everything up and met the students in Del Ray, in Alexandria, for a wonderful community concert!  It was phenomenal!!!

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

Concert Band performed…

 Overture for Winds by Charles Carter

Red Rock Mountain by Rossano Galante

Roses of Galante by NOVA alumnus Matthew Bandman

Carnival of Venice by Herbert Clarke featuring NOVA band euphonium player,  Michael Brooke

Perseverance by NOVA student, Nathan Pereda

Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Grainger

Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

Playing outdoors is a whole other experience.  Sound often travels away toward the audience and doesn’t bounce back well.  You’d never know by how in step everyone was.

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The pieces were fun, energized and filled the festival!

The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley
Michael Brooke, of The NOVA Alexandria Band plays the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The band was not the only NOVA group to play!  Our Jazz Band followed Lisa’s amazing performance.  Our director of Jazz Studies, John Kocur was quick to set the space and add some chairs for a whole new audience!

The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The ensemble performed a variety of works…

“Zip-Ah-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Ray Gilbert and Allie Wrubel
“Flirtibird” by Duke Ellington (from Anatomy of A Murder)
“Call Me Irresponsible” by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen
“Soul Bossa Nova” by Quincy Jones
“Every Day” by Memphis Slim
“You’re Welcome” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble is a community Jazz Band.  It brings students together, with community musicians, for a wealth of  knowledge and learning for everyone.  If you’d like to consider joining the ensemble, contract John Kocur at Jkocur@nvcc.edu

The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

The band mainly performs at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and various community concerts.  The Next Nighthawks Jazz performance will be at the Carlyle Club!

Monday, November 5, 2018
7:30 – 9:30pm
The Carlyle Club
2050 Ballenger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Come on down for a GREAT night of Jazz in an amazing club, right here in Alexandria!

The NOVA Alexandria Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the Art on the Avenue Music Festival at Del Ray, in Alexandria, Virginia! Photo by Britt Conley

Blog post by Britt Conley

A Musical Odyssey: Spring Concert

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello.
A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

Our NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble rocked the house with Afro Blue, Tico Tico and Manteca.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

They knocked our socks off!!!!!!!

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

Jazz Director, John Kocur,  has been working with the ensemble all semester and boy did they shine!

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Community Chorus followed with Ride on, King Jesus. Choral Director Chad Steffey and our accompanist Anita Ferguson have supported the Choir all year.  The Chorus was lovely; every piece.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

Ralph Vaughan Williams, O’ Clap Your Hands was conducted by Lisa Eckstein.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur accompanied the Chorus’ Evening Prayer  on his soprano Saxophone.  It was truly a stunningly beautiful piece.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley
A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Alexandria Band did four works:

Puszta: Four Gipsy Dances, Danzon No. 2, Viva Italia! and Berstein’s Mambo.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the best moments of the night were the student awards.  The Billy Award, named after Bill Bovender was awarded to Judy Bendig.  The Betty Award was awarded to Elizabeth Todd.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

But that wasn’t the only great moment.  We also had Anthony Maiello, The Artistic Director and Conductor of the American Festival Pops Orchestra and Artistic Director of the School of Music at George Mason.

His Accordion performance on Viva Italia was a show stopper!

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

We were incredibly lucky to have him.

A Musical Odyssey. April 27th, 2018 with The NOVA Knighthawks Jazz Ensemble, The Nova Community Chorus and the NOVA Alexandria Band with special guest accordion soloist, Anthony Maiello. Photo by Britt Conley

A phenomenal concert!  We look forward to seeing you all next Fall, for our 2018/19 season!  Until then, our students have recitals, juries and exams to contend with, and thanks to those who donated at our concerts this year, they have incredible opportunities ahead!

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Blog Post by Brit Conley: Assistant to the Music Department.

The 5th Annual Alexandria JAZZ4JUSTICE

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Each year The Alexandria Bar Association and The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble collaborate for an evening of JAZZ4JUSTICE!

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Today, through partnerships with 9 universities and numerous local Bar Associations, 44 Jazz4Justice concerts have been held across the Commonwealth: George Mason, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, Northern Virginia Community College, Shenandoah University and the University of Mary Washington.

The 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

These Concerts have raised over $400,000. for jazz programs and an array of education and charitable legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our NoVA ensemble, grab some food and drinks and listen to the pre-concert concert.

5th Annual Jazz4Justice at The NOVA Alexandria Campus. April 12, 2018. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
5th Annual Jazz4Justice at The NOVA Alexandria Campus. April 12, 2018. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The concert’s have raised over $400,000. for jazz programs and an array of educational and charitable legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.

5th Annual Jazz4Justice at The NOVA Alexandria Campus. April 12, 2018. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA  Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA  Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

This year the T.C. William s High School Jazz Ensemble joined us.

The T. C. Williams High School Jazz Ensemble performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

They were fantastic as always!!!

The 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

We also had wonderful raffle offerings  for the events which featured restaurants around the area, classes, spa treatments, wine baskets and more…

The raffle drawing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone came together to play the evening out….

The NOVA Nighthawks and T. C. Williams High School Jazz Ensembles performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur gave us one of his renowned solos…

John Kocur taking the solo with The NOVA Nighthawks and T. C. Williams High School Jazz Ensembles performing at the 5th Annual Jazz for Justice benefit concert at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. April 12, 2018. Photo by Britt Conley

The night included works by Cole Porter, Lionel Ritchie, Jimmy Van Jeusen, Mack Gordon & Harry Warren, Paul Baker, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington ,  Bill Potts, Antonio Jobin, Norman Whirfield, Barrett String and Billy Page.

It was another GREAT night, had by all!

Don’t miss next years!  Come on over and help bring Jazz4Justice!

Blog post by Britt Conley, Assistant to the Music Department.

2017 NOVA Holiday Concert

What a great night!!!  The NOVA Alexandria Music Department presented it’s annual Holiday Concert on December 7th, 2017.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with the NOVA Community Chorus performing, For Unto Us a Child is Born from “Messiah” G.F. Handel.  Based on Isaiah 9:6.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Sure on This Shining Night from “Nocturnes”  by Morten Lauridsen  was also a hit. The work was based on a poem by James Agee.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The Choir ended it’s first half of the concert with a very merry rendition of Jingle Bells by James Pierpont, arranged by Gordon Langford.

The NOVA Community Chorus at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Next up were our NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble beginning their set  with God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen arranged by Gordon Goodwin. The group also performed Blue Christmas by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson.  The work was arranged by Austin Windorski and The Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Kennicott Davis, arranged by Bob Washut.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The minute they began, the phones begin popping up to catch the moment.

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

John Kocur conducted phenomenally this evening!  As always…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Even before the concert, everyone was rehearsing…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A great time to grab a few, behind the scenes photos…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks performed wonderfully

Kyle Wright sings with The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Holiday Jazz is really wonderful!

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

In the end the ensemble slowly walked off, leaving Christopher Gardner to end our first half of the concert with a rousing drum solo, and the stage to himself…

The NOVA Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

The audience returned to a wonderful surprise to many, but not our students.  Our music students are not only enjoying our new Center for Design, Media and the Arts, they are also enjoying all the brand new Steinway’s that fill each room!

Tonight our Dean, Jim McClellan and Jonathan Kolm, our Assistant Dean and Director of the Music Program here at NOVA, were presented our new, official Steinway School plaque!  We are all so excited for what this means for our college.

The Steinway School Presentation. Photo by Britt Conley

After our exciting Steinway presentation, the NOVA Alexandria Band hit the stage with, “And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria! by Robert Longfield, followed by Gesu Bambino (Pastorale for Christmas by Pietro Yon, arranged by Mark Rogers and the Dreidel Dance by Robert Thurston.

The NOVA Alexandria Band at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

There was even a secondary Brass rendition of Jingle Bells!

The NOVA Alexandria Band at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A phenomenal night for the Band!

The NOVA Alexandria Band at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

For the last works, our new chorus director, Chad Steffey, came out to conduct, “The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite III…

The NOVA Community Chorus with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A fun-filled set of holiday styled songs…

The NOVA Community Chorus with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

A grand time was had by all!  The audience was kind enough to give everyone a standing ovation!

The NOVA Community Chorus with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at the 2017 Holiday Concert. Photo by Britt Conley

Thanks to everyone who performed, helped organize and those who came to hear what we have to offer!  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

We look forward to seeing you at our next Spring concerts:

The NOVA Alexandria Band’s Children’s Concert on March 1st at 7:30pm.

The NOVA Community Chorus Concert, March 20th at 7:30

The Jazz4Justice Concert featuring the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble, March 22nd

and finally, The NOVA Spring Concert featuring

The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Alexandria Band and The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble, Friday April 27th from 7:30-9:30pm.

See you there!

Blog post by Britt Conley: Assistant to the Music Department

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles performed at The Carlyle Club!

What a GREAT gig!  The NOVA ensembles performed at the famed, Carlyle Club in Old Town Alexandria on October 30th, 2017.

7th Annual NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Jazz studies director, John Kocur, kicked off the evening events, directed and informed the audience about the club, songs and upcoming events.

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

The Nighthawks Jazz Band worked it!  Playing out at the club is really a wonderful opportunity for our students.

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

While everyone performed, dancers spun about the floor…

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! Photo By Britt Conley

There were even dance classes for those who wanted to learn some new swing moves!  NOVA’s ballroom dance instructor Alan Golombek took the time to teach anyone who was interested.  It turned out there were a lot of interested people!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Kyle Wright joined the band for several songs.  He really has a phenomenal voice!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone played well and we all had a great time!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Look for the date for next year’s club date!  It’s every fall.

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

The music from all the ensembles was fantastic!

NOVA JAZZ Ensembles at The Carlyle Club! October 30th, 2017. Photo by Britt Conley

Looking forward to hearing them again at Jazz4Justice on March 22nd at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria!

See you there!

Blog post by Britt Conley: Assistant to the Music Department

NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club

This Monday! October 30th!  Come join us for the 7th Annual NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club, featuring our  very own, NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Jazz Combos!  FREE! No tickets are required but free-will donations will be collected to benefit the NOVA jazz program’s public concerts and scholarship program. All are welcome to attend.”

According to John Kocur, “In bygone days, a night on the town could mean dressing to the nines and dancing the night away to a live band at a club where you could eat a good meal and sip finely crafted beverages. There are few locations remaining in America where live music can be experienced with this simultaneous sense of intimacy and sophistication. One of them is the Carlyle Club in Old Town Alexandria. With its spacious dance floor, ample stage, cozy booths, and tucked away bar, there are many options for enjoying the music and your company. Much of the décor is a throwback to the Art Deco style of the 1920’s, recalling New York’s Cotton Club, Savoy Ballroom, and Chicago’s Lincoln Gardens.

Our incredible jazz musicians have been diligently practicing and gearing up for a great night!

Photo by Britt Conley

NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble will perform Duke Ellington’s “Echoes of Harlem” and other works written for the orchestras of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Cab Calloway.

Come to dance to the music in an authentic setting. Don’t know how to swing dance? NOVA’s ballroom dance instructor Alan Golombek will teach you with a mini swing dance lesson during intermission.

Everyone can’t wait to hit the stage!

Photo by Britt Conley
It’s been pretty nice, practicing in our new percussion room in the Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus.
Photo by Britt Conley

Which, unlike our old rooms at Tyler are far more spacious.

Photo by Britt Conley
If you were thinking about something to do on Monday night, October 30th, this is it!!!  The Nighthawks Jazz Band will be working it all night!
Photo by John Kocur

Practice has been going really well.

Photo by John Kocur
Photo by John Kocur
If you haven’t been to the Carlye, It’s a Alexandria gem!
 
 This Monday, October 30th The NOVA Jazz Combos will present an opening set of listening music for your dining pleasure.
 
“If you’re looking for old-fashioned romance and entertainment, try the new Carlyle Club in Alexandria, where the sounds of the swing era play in an atmosphere unlike anything else on the night-life scene.” – The Washington Post
NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club

The Carlyle Club

2050 Ballenger Avenue Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 548-8899
For more information contact John Kocur at jkocur@nvcc.edu