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BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Faculty Jazz Ensemble CD Cover

The BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble is comprised of full-time and adjunct faculty members and guest lecturers. Using the title loosely, the group is "directed" by Dr. Mark Watkins.  Musical considerations are such a collaborative effort that his duties are primarily administrative.  Compositions and arrangements come from every member of the ensemble lending to a remarkable synergy that permeates their music.  Concerts by the FJE are truly inspirational with thier democratic communication, spontinaity, and creative improvisation.

Mark Watkins, saxophones

Ryan Nielsen, trumpet

Corey Christiansen, guitar

Justin Nielsen, piano

Jay Lawrence, drums

Aaron Miller, bass

BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble: On the Other Hand

Recorded in June 2008.  The CD is currently being mastered in preparation for submission to a record label.  Expected release date is summer 2009.


Driftin' (5:57)

When Will the Blues Leave (6:34)

Observation (6:49) Ryan Nielsen

Shout (5:43) Jay Lawrence

Stella by Starlight (11:41)

On the Other Hand (8:31) Mark Watkins

Alone Together (8:10)

Naima (6:12) Arr. Justin Nielsen

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