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TCNJ Jazz Ensemble
December 5 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey welcomes the Jazz Ensemble of The College of New Jersey back for a FREE Concert!
Jazz Ensemble is a performance-oriented ensemble designed to study and perform the traditions of Big Band music. It is a laboratory for the study of standard and contemporary jazz repertoire and performance practice, and for learning such skills as improvisation, sight-reading and the special techniques germane to jazz music. Audition is required for students joining the group for the first time.
Dr. Gary Fienberg, Director, is Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Coordinator of Brass Studies and Jazz Ensemble Director at The College of New Jersey, and served as Department Chair from 2008 to 2013. He is a trumpeter whose experiences range from the great concert halls of Europe to the orchestra pits of Broadway. His performance interests cover the complete range of possibilities for a contemporary trumpeter in classical, jazz and commercial music. He has performed with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Toots Thielmanns and many others. During a nine year residence in Europe, he worked for all of the major broadcasting companies in both the Netherlands and in Germany, performed at the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival, and worked with both the Big Band and Symphonic Orchestra of the Nord Deutscher Rundfunk.
In 1992, Dr. Fienberg was appointed Director of Jazz Ensembles at Carnegie Mellon University and then served as Assistant Head of the School of Music from 1998-2001. During this time he was a member of the acclaimed River City Brass Band, performing in both the Solo Cornet and Flugelhorn positions. In 2001, Dr. Fienberg was appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Coordinator of Brass Studies and Jazz Ensemble Director at The College of New Jersey.
Dr. Fienberg earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Carnegie Mellon where he was a student of Anthony Pasquarelli. He received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh where Dr. Nathan Davis served as his dissertation advisor.
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.