Artist Series Welcomes DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra

Asbury University’s first Artist Series event of the year will feature the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra on Sept. 9 in Hughes Auditorium. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public.

Composed of 18 professional musicians from Central Kentucky, the jazz orchestra features the two founders of the ensemble, Vince DiMartino and Miles Osland. DiMartino is a professor of music at Centre College in Danville, Ky., and has performed worldwide both as a soloist and as the lead and solo trumpet with the Lionel Hampton Band and the Chuck Mangione Band. Osland is a professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies at the University of Kentucky, and has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia as a guest conductor, performer and clinician for Selmer Saxophones.

“The DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra performed with outstanding success at Asbury University several years ago, so several of us wanted to invite them again," said Dr. Don Zent, professor of piano and keyboard studies coordinator at Asbury.  “We thought that we would feature a great local ensemble this year.”

The group has produced several albums, including the most recent, “Quotient,” and “Off the Charts,” which won critical acclaim throughout the United States. Their repertoire includes big band tunes as well as traditional jazz favorites. Click here to listen to a sample of their music:

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“Since jazz requires performing the art of improvisation, the interaction between musicians is very spontaneous,” Osland said. “With DOJO, we'll play 'Speak Low,' which is a nice feature for myself. We also have a great arrangement of ‘My Funny Valentine’ that will feature Vince.”

The next Artist Series event will feature the American Chamber Players on November 4.

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