JMU Jazz Sextet

Wed, Jan 31 @ 8 pm


JMU Jazz Sextet

Wed, Jan 31 @ 8 pm


This collaborative concert features JMU jazz faculty members Andy Connell (clarinet), Marlon Foster (percussion), Bob Hallahan (piano), Adam Larrabee (guitar), David Pope (saxophones), and Sam Suggs (double bass).

Dr. Andrew Connell performs in ensembles ranging from jazz to classical chamber music to Brazilian chorinho. He has performed with the Roanoke, Santa Cruz, Monterey (CA), and Toledo (Ohio) symphonies, and has performed with a wide range of artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Dave Leibman, Lou Rawls, Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto. Connell is also an ethnomusicologist whose primary research is in Brazilian popular instrumental music; he is currently an associate professor of music at JMU. 

Marlon Foster performs jazz with many local and regional jazz ensembles. He was a member of the United States Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base under the direction of Lowell E. Graham, and has performed with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, Rockbridge Symphony, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. Foster received his B.M. Ed and M.M. from James Madison University, and served as a middle school instrumental music teacher with Harrisonburg City Public Schools for 26 years.

Bob Hallahan has performed and taught jazz in a wide variety of venues and institutions throughout Virginia and the United States, and in Turkey, Russia and China, both as a featured soloist and with internationally recognized jazz artists such as Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Sheila Jordan and Anita O'Day. In 2010, he joined the full-time faculty of the School of Music at James Madison University as an assistant professor of jazz.

Adam Larrabee has appeared as a sideman on Bruce Hornsby’s album, Spirit Trail, and has recently played banjo in the bluegrass group Joy Kills Sorrow, guitar in the chamber-jazz group Andromeda, classical mandolin with the Richmond Guitar Quartet, and mandocello with Enigmatica. He has also recorded and performed with rising jazz prodigy Grace Kelly, has explored the music of Central France with Le Bon Vent, and released a duo CD entitled The Street Where You Live with pianist Bob Hallahan. Larrabee teaches classical and jazz guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University, banjo and mandolin at the University of Virginia, and improv and small jazz ensemble at James Madison University.

David Pope is an accomplished saxophonist, composer, and author. He has an international reputation for over 100 published articles in Saxophone Journal and Saxophone Today. As a soloist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. He recently served on the jury of the prestigious $100,000 M-Prize chamber arts competition and the faculty of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (Thailand). He endorses the R.S. Berkeley “Virtuoso” saxophone.

Sam Suggs was named New Artist of the Month by Musical America soon after receiving first prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists solo competition, where he performed many of his own compositions. Suggs was named Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG international competition. Most recently, at the 2017 Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition, the jury invented and awarded Suggs a prize for “Extraordinary Creativity.”


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