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Furman Jazz Ensemble performs concert Jan. 25

The Furman Jazz Ensemble will present its winter concert Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The performance is conducted by Matt Olson, Furman associate professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies.

A variety of music will be performed including selections by Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Count Basie Band, and more.

Olson holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s in jazz pedagogy and bachelor’s in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. Olson honed his craft under teachers including Frederick Hemke, Debra Richtmeyer, Mike Kocour, Don Owens, Paul Bro and Jonathan Helton.

His background includes performances with Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, Benny Carter, Ken Peplowski, Kevin Mahogany, Chris Vadala, Doc Severinsen, Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, among others.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at 864-294-2086, or email

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