Crane Jazz Ensemble Performs Music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn


SUNY Potsdam’s Crane Jazz Ensemble will present their first concert of the year as they perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s 1966 studio recording, “Far East Suite,” in its entirety.

Bret Zvacek, director of the Crane Jazz Ensemble, will lead the group in a performance on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The program includes all of the music from Ellington and Strayhorn’s jazz album. The songs include, “Tourist Point of View,” “Bluebird of Delhi,” “Isfahan,” “Depk,” “Mount Harissa,” “Blue Pepper,” “Agra,” “Amad” and “Ad Lib on Nippon.”

About the performers:       

The Crane Jazz Ensemble is the premier performance group in the jazz studies program at The Crane School of Music. The 15 outstanding musicians in the ensemble perform on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums. The Crane Jazz Ensemble is directed by Bret Zvacek.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

This concert will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit


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