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Doug Talley Quartet to present HBPA concert March 4

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HESSTON, KAN. – The Doug Talley Quartet, a Kansas City-based jazz ensemble, will present the fourth concert in the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4, in Hesston College’s Yost Center.

Formed in 1995, the Doug Talley Quartet has performed at numerous festivals, concerts, clubs and schools throughout the Midwest. All four members of the quartet studied music in college and all compose and arrange music and contribute to the quartet’s repertoire for recordings and live appearances.

Rob Tierney, director of instrumental music at Hesston College, director of bands for USD 460 and low brass instructor at Bethel College, said he looks forward to the concert and an afternoon workshop for high school jazz players before the concert.

“When an ensemble plays together for as long as the Doug Talley Quartet has, the musicians develop a special talent for communicating within the ensemble and with the audience,” Tierney said. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for my students and the HBPA audience to experience a group of talented individual musicians who play well together.”

The Doug Talley Quartet’s most recent album is By Request, a collection of audience favorites featuring works by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and others. Other recordings include Kansas City Suite (a multi-movement jazz ensemble work intended as a concert set), Night and Day (subtitled Musings on the Cole Porter Songbook) and Town Topic (a collection of original works by quartet members).

Doug Talley (saxophones) is a Selmer saxophone artist and clinician and has worked with numerous college and high school musicians. Wayne Hawkins (piano) has become one of Kansas City’s most in-demand keyboard artists. In addition to recording with the Doug Talley Quartet, Hawkins has two trio recordings under his own name and has participated in countless projects in a variety of musical genres. Tim Brewer (bass) is a gifted composer and performer. He composes, arranges and performs with the Trilogy and Boulevard Big Bands, the New Kansas City Seven and Trinity Jazz Ensemble. Keith Kavanaugh (drums) has performed with many musicians on the Kansas City jazz scene. He is also an accomplished graphic designer and painter with works in the Sprint Corporation Art Collection and several private collections.

The quartet’s latest projects include composing a soundtrack for the Hitchcock silent film The Lodger and completing a set of interactive educational clinics and workshops that target a variety of audiences.

The Doug Talley Quartet’s appearance at HBPA is supported in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Tickets for the Doug Talley Quartet are $12, $13 and $15 with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call (620) 327-8158 or (316) 284-5205 for reservations. Tickets are also available at Thresher Bookstore on the Bethel College campus, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The final concert in the HBPA season will feature folk musician Carrie Newcomer and is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, in Hesston College’s Yost Center.

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