Lehman College Big Band Honors Legacy of Jazz Music

BRONX, NY – The Lehman College Big Band will celebrate the rich history of jazz music with a free concert on Thursday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the Music Building, room 330.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Music and Black Studies departments, will feature a variety of classical and contemporary jazz compositions by artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Foster and Sade. The 17-piece Big Band, comprised of students, graduates and community members, was accepted into the CUNY Jazz Festival in 2004 and performed at City College. The band has been in existence at Lehman College for more than 15 years.

Distinguished Lecturer Bob Stewart of the Music department is the concert’s organizer. “One of my goals in organizing this concert is for students to better understand the connection between black history and jazz music,” he says.

Professor Stewart has been a professional tuba player for over thirty-five years and has performed and recorded with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner and Wynton Marsalis. He has also recorded three of his own albums for JMT and Postcard Records. Before coming to Lehman, Professor Stewart was the Director of Jazz Studies at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, where his ensembles twice won the national high school jazz band competition. He is currently performing in a European concert tour. Visit www.bobstewartuba.com to learn more.

For more information about the concert, please contact the Music department at 718-960-8247 or music.department@lehman.cuny.edu