The Department of Music presents the Jazz Kick Off Concert on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m., in Café Opus. “Doc” Woods and local jazz artists present Thugmanuzzahnimmeride: An Album of Ridiculous Funk, an eight-movement suite of original tunes by Woods. Guest artist Jakubu Griffin, drums, will also perform.
As a composer, Woods received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written over 650 pieces in all styles. His compositions have been performed by the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Little Rock Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Salt City Jazz Collective, among others.
A graduate of Indiana University, Jakubu Griffin is originally from the NYC area, and now resides in North Carolina. Son of trombonist Dick Griffin, he began playing drums at age 3. Well known for his ability to play all musical styles, Griffin performed in Las Vegas’s At the Copa with David Cassidy and Sheena Easton.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. For more information call the box office at 315-859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts