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Ira Wiggins joins Jazz Ensemble I in concert Nov. 2

BOONE—Tenor saxophonist Ira Wiggins joins Appalachian State University’s Jazz Ensemble I for a performance Nov. 2 on campus. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Admission is free.

Wiggins is director of jazz studies at N.C. Central University. He has a Ph.D. in music education from UNC Greensboro.

Wiggins is a highly respected musician and educator with 15 albums to his credit as a sideman and soloist.  He has shared the stage with Jimmy Heath, Grady Tate, Frank Foster, Nnenna Freelon, Fred Wesley, Slide Hampton, Louie Bellson, Vanessa Rubin, Ellis Marsalis, and others.  In addition, Wiggins performs with the North Carolina Symphony as a soloist and orchestra member for their “pops” series and special concerts.

Wiggins will be featured on Frank Foster’s composition “Easin’ It” and “Shiny Stockings.” Foster was associated with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1953 to 1995. “Shiny Stockings” and his compositions “Down for the Count” and “Blues Backstage” are considered standards in the jazz band repertoire.

Other compositions on the program are “Don’t Be That Way” by Benny Goodman, “Carmelo’s By the Freeway” by Bob Florence, “Go Go” by Bob Mintzer, “Acha” by Bob Mintzer and “Blue Daniel” by Frank Rosolino.