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MSU School of Music jazz ensembles, guest artists set April 14 concert

March 30, 2016 -- MSU News Service

The MSU jazz ensembles will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The concert will feature guest artists John Roberts on trombone and Craig Hall on guitar. Photo courtesy of MSU School of Music.

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The Montana State University School of Music jazz ensembles will perform in a concert of classic and contemporary jazz at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Reynolds Recital Hall. The concert will feature special guest artists John Roberts, trombone, and Craig Hall, guitar.

Roberts is assistant professor of low brass and conductor of jazz ensembles at MSU Billings. He received his degrees from MSU Billings and California Institute of the Arts. For the past 17 years he has been touring, recording and performing throughout the U.S. and around the world with artists such as Sting, Chris Botti and Dr. Dre. He also performed at the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Awards. Roberts works regularly as a clinician, adjudicator and freelancer.

Hall is a jazz guitarist and acoustic bassist. He performs nationally and internationally with varied groups, including the Montana Mandolin Society, the Jeni Fleming Trio and Springhill. He plays music ranging from cool jazz to progressive modern jazz, drawing on rock and folk influences. He appears on more than 50 CDs.

The MSU jazz ensembles, including the One O’Clock and Jazz Workshop bands, are made up of student musicians, both music majors and students from various disciplines. Ryan Matzinger, MSU saxophone instructor and director of the jazz program, leads both groups. They perform concerts throughout the year, and have toured in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as part of MSU summer programs. Each spring, the groups produce and record a full-length album. Student musicians compose the music, and then learn the recording process through active participation as both performers and recording engineers.

Tickets for the concert are $10, $5 for students with ID, and will be available for purchase at the door or online at

Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, across from the MSU Duck Pond.

Contact: Suzanne Forrester, School of Music, (406) 994-3562 or