The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra welcomes guest artist Greg Moody at its concert Thursday, Feb. 15, at Pellissippi State Community College.
The free event, which is open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville.
Moody is a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist who had one of his published works included as one of Bandworld Magazine’s Top 100 compositions for 2023. As a saxophonist and woodwind specialist, Moody has performed with groups such as the Temptations, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Salsa group Bio Ritmo and is a member of the Vosbein Magee Big Band.
Moody will play saxophones, clarinet and percussion with the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra.
The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is an honors band under the direction of Knoxville Jazz Orchestra lead trombonist Tom Lundberg, who was an instructor at Pellissippi State for more than 20 years. The band is open to high school students from across East Tennessee and is chosen by audition each fall. The 2023-2024 roster includes 20 members and six alternates from Bearden, Berean Christian, Central, Concord Christian, Farragut, Hardin Valley, Oak Ridge, Roane County and Sevier County.
“The students are playing challenging music at an extremely high level of proficiency in various venues around the area,” Lundberg said. “The KJYO explores the repertoire of outstanding jazz ensembles as well as the music of the Great American Songbook. The group offers students the opportunity to learn about and develop jazz improvisation skills.”
All Pellissippi State concerts are free and open to the public. For the full list of our spring 2024 concerts, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. You can also watch recordings of our fall 2023 concert series on the website.