Saxophonist Michael Shults has been praised for his “strong, imaginative” improvisations (Downbeat Magazine) and “fresh and intelligent musical ideas” (The Pitch). A first-call musician on the Kansas City jazz scene for nearly a decade, Shults remains an active performer with Forward (a contemporary original jazz quintet), the New Jazz Order Big Band, his own quartets and quintets, and the Kansas City Generations Sextet - who recently released their debut album “Acknowledgement”, celebrating the music of Kansas City jazz icons Pat Metheny, Bobby Watson, and Ahmad Aladeen. Michael's debut album, "Pathetiques", featuring original jazz compositions and the music of Ida Gotkovsky, is scheduled for a 2016 release. Shults is assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he teaches applied jazz and classical saxophone, saxophone quartets, jazz combos and jazz improvisation.
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The concert will feature the Ball State Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Mark Buselli, director of jazz studies.
Program to include charts by Adam Schroeder (arr. Mark Buselli), Bob Florence, Hoagy Carmichael (arr. Bob Brookmeyer), Bobby Watson (arr. Clint Ashlock), Danny Walsh (arr. Buselli), Billy Strayhorn (arr. Frank Foster), Luis Bonfa (arr. Kris Berg), Thad Jones, Mike Tomaro, Nat Adderley (arr. Geoff Keezer), John Dilkey, and Bill Liston.
General Admission is $5. One free student ticket with ID in advance at Emens Box Office, or $5 at the door.
Tickets go on sale August 15, 2016 through the Emens Auditorium Box Office. For ticket information contact: Emens Auditorium at 765-285-1539 or 1-877-99-EMENS; Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
Michael Shults will also lead a master class on Tuesday, September 27, a part of the Saxtemberfest series of events.