review: uga jazz ensemble

Opening to "One O'Clock Jump" and featuring, among other tunes, "Sweet Georgia Brown," the UGA Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Dancz, played to a nearly full house last night at Ramsey Concert Hall on the East Campus. Solos by Bret Pimentel (on the sax, flute, and clarinet) and by other members of the group were uniformly solid, and at times these young folks demonstrated a maturing command of the jazz vocabulary that took us someplace special. Kudos to Dennis Baraw and Janelle Clinton (bass and drums, respectively), who did a nice job anchoring the ensemble. And congrats, as always, to Steve Dancz for his work as mentor and keyboard virtuoso. -- Bob Brussack

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