The final concert of the semester, featuring the Colleges Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bob Barbuto '94, will begin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Some familiar and some less-familiar selections are on the program. Saxophonist Sam Page ’10, guitarist Zack Potter ’09, and several others will offer instrumental solos; vocal soloists will be Danielle DeVito ’09 and Professor of Music Bob Cowles.
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.
Barbuto holds a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in music from Hobart College.
Hosted by the HWS Music Department, the program is free and open to the public.