The Central Washington University Jazz program will present its quarterly combo concerts on Thursday in the CWU Music Building Recital Hall, according to a news release.

There will be two concerts — one at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m., both with free admission.

Each concert will feature three groups, each playing approximately 30 minutes of music, from blues to bebop, straight ahead and avant garde, mixed meter and other “new” takes on classic jazz tunes.

“Our theme this quarter is the music of Herbie Hancock, so expect to hear at least one composition of his from each group,” said Chris Bruya, CWU’s Director of Jazz Studies in the release.

Hancock gained jazz fame starting with the epic 1964-68 quartet of Miles Davis, known as “The Second Great Quintet” by jazz historians, Hancock being the pianist in the group.

Listeners will also get treated to vocalists from three of the groups and another group will feature a Hammond B-3 organ, giving a unique sound to the group.

The department notes that these concerts are always well-attended, so arrive early to find your seat.

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