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Members of the music department and two guest musicians will play “Jazz for the Season” noon today in the lobby of the Williams Center for the Arts.

Lunch may be brought or purchased for $3. The event is free and open to the public.

The faculty performers will be vibraphonist Larry Stockton, professor and head of music; trumpet player William Melin, professor of music; pianist Skip Wilkins, assistant professor of music; trumpet player Ken Brader, director of the Lafayette Jazz Ensemble; guitarist Frank Flandorffer, part-time instructor of music; and trombonist Rick Chamberlain, part-time instructor of music. The guest musicians will be bass player Paul Rostock and drummer Glenn Davis.

The audience can expect to hear familiar seasonal selections, but tunes will be called out on the fly.

“The interesting thing about jazz performances is that while the compositions do matter, they’re less important than the individual performances that day,” says Wilkins. “We’ll choose a bunch of tunes — probably some we’ve played before, but not necessarily. We’ll decide what to play that day; that’s the nature of jazz performance. What’s interesting is individuals creating something on the spot.”

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