Alumnus-director leads Jazz Ensemble concert – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alumnus-director leads Jazz Ensemble concert

Student jazz musicians, led by an alumnus who teaches on the Music Department faculty, will be featured at a concert, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bob Barbuto '94, will feature soloists by saxophonist Sam Page '10 and guitarist Zack Potter '09. Among the featured vocal soloists will be Danielle DeVito '09 and Professor of Music Bob Cowles, who chairs the department.

This ensemble has traditionally provided a performance opportunity for talented student jazzers. Effective arrangements are commonly used to enable various combinations of instrumentation.

In addition to directing the HWS Jazz Ensemble, Barbuto teaches jazz piano. A member of the HWS applied faculty since 2002, he also teaches piano at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, and accompanies the FLCC Jazz Choir. In 1995, he established the Fenwick Music Academy in Geneva, which emphasizes ensemble playing.

He has led his own groups, such as Exit 41, In-Flight, the Blue Diamond Big Band, and most recently the Bob Barbuto Trio, which recorded a CD, “Shades of Jazz,” featuring his original material. He has recorded on Etc. and Mercury Records in New York City and Prizma in Florida. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in music, cum laude, from Hobart College.

Hosted by the HWS Music Department, the program is free and open to the public.