UNCA Jazz Night at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, March 1

The ongoing Sunday Jazz series at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall features UNC Asheville musicians on March 1.

Press release from event organizer:

Sunday Jazz Showcase
Hosted by Dr. William Bares

Here’s the perfect cure for your winter doldrums: the Isis Sunday Jazz Showcase spring schedule is out—featuring a balanced lineup of local heroes, regional favorites, and national names. We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this spring—from stellar big band jazz to quality vocal nights pairing Asheville’s finest with national talent. We’ve also got the best modern jazz the region has to offer, from intimate duos and trios to large, dynamic ensembles. This spring, groovy semesters are in swing at UNCA and WCU, and we proudly feature student groups and world-renowned clinicians like sax superstar Rick Margitza and vocal giant Miles Griffith.

March 1
This month, we kick our spring schedule off with the first of two UNCA Jazz Nights—featuring three student groups as well as many of our illustrious faculty, who will share the stage with students in a rare student-faculty jam. Former students are invited to bring their axes and jam with the gang!

The rate will be $8 / $4 for musicians and students.
Be sure to make your dinner reservations early!

UNCA Jazz Night
Main Stage
8-10:30 pm

• Latin Jazz Ensemble 8:00 pm
• Herbie Hancock Ensemble 8:30 pm
• UNCA Scholarship Quintet 9:00 pm
• Faculty – Student Jam Session 9:30 pm

The snow days have been piling up, and these have kept a few of our illustrious ensembles from feeling ready to present at this point in the semester. The good news is that the Latin Jazz Ensemble, Herbie Hancock Ensemble, and UNCA Scholarship Quintet have material ready to go! And don’t miss the faculty-student jam session during the later hours! This one-time event features some of our brightest stars at UNC Asheville!

UNCA Jazz Night
Battle Royal featuring Matthew Richmond, Brian Felix and Bill Bares
Upstairs Lounge
6-8 pm

Matthew Richmond (vibes); Brian Felix; Bill Bares (piano)
with Will Beasley (bass) and Justin Watt (drums)

What do you get when you put vibist Matthew Richmond, keyboard guru Brian Felix, and Isis piano regular Bill Bares on heavy rotation with the same rhythm section for two hours? Answer: a Battle Royal for the ages. The beauty of the jazz Battle Royal is that musical personalities are so different that nobody wins—and yet everybody wins! Richmond, Felix and Bares will each be calling their own favorite tunes using the same rhythm section of Beasley and Watt. Don’t miss this special event!

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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