Jazz Greats Bill Cole and Joseph Daley to Perform at U.Va. Chapel

March 15, 2012 — The Charlottesville Jazz Society, the University of Virginia Arts Administration program and WTJU 91.1 FM, the University's radio station, will co-present a concert by jazz musicians Bill Cole and Joseph Daley in their first-ever duet performance on March 29 at 8 p.m. at the U.Va. Chapel.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door only, and will be free for students, $5 for members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society and $10 for all others.

Cole and Daley will be guests on WTJU during their visit: with host David Lee on his show, "Pulse," on March 29 at 10:30 a.m.; and with host Michael Shelton on his show, "The Summit," on March 28 between 9 and 11 p.m.

Cole returns to Charlottesville after a 2009 duet performance with the late violinist Billy Bang, the recording of which was praised internationally and given an honorable mention in the New York City Jazz Record's "Best of 2011" list. A talented jazz musician with a penchant for using non-Western instruments such as the didgeridoo, Ghanaian bamboo flute and Asian double-reeds, he is known in the music world for his innovative and masterful blending of diverse musical traditions. A recent emeritus professor of Syracuse University, he is also an important figure in the academic world, having authored books about jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Daley is a master tuba player who has toured the world in ensembles led by jazz legends Sam Rivers, Gil Evans and others. In 2011, Daley released "The Seven Deadly Sins," his first recording as a composer, to rave reviews.

Though Daley and Cole have played together in ensembles in the past, this concert will mark the first time that the two have come together for a duet performance.

The Charlottesville Jazz Society is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and perpetuation of jazz through education, performance and community outreach. For the past three years, U.Va.'s Arts Administration program has collaborated with the society to produce a series of modern jazz concerts in the U.Va Chapel. These include Cole and Bang's critically acclaimed 2009 performance and the world premiere of "Soul Lights" by The William Parker Quartet in 2010.

For information, visit the Charlottesville Jazz Society's website.