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Crane Jazz Ensemble Performs Music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

February 17, 2017

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane Jazz Ensemble will present their first concert of the year as they perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s 1966 studio recording, “FarEast Suite,” in its entirety.

Bret Zvacek, director of the Crane Jazz Ensemble, will lead the group in a performance on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The program includes all of the music from Ellington and Strayhorn’s jazz album. The songs include, “Tourist Point of View,” “Bluebird of Delhi,” “Isfahan,” “Depk,” “Mount Harissa,” “Blue Pepper,” “Agra,” “Amad” and “Ad Lib on Nippon.”

About the performers:       

The Crane Jazz Ensemble is the premier performance group in the jazz studies program at The Crane School of Music. For this concert, 15 of the outstanding musicians in the ensemble will perform the "FarEast Suite" on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

This concert will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, please visit

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.

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