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Claflin University Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert on April 12

Mar 28, 2012

Come hear the smooth melodies of the Claflin University Jazz Ensemble during its annual spring concert on Thursday, April 12.

Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr., lauded jazz artist and director of jazz ensemble at East Carolina University, will headline the concert with his seasoned play on the bass and also teach a master class in improvisation.  The Claflin Jazz Ensemble will perform with Dashiell and saxophone player Vaughn Ambrose, an award winning jazz instructor based in Alexandria, Virginia.

“We invite all music lovers to come witness what is sure to be a remarkable collaboration between veteran jazz performers and our talented students,” said Dr. Mitch Butler, director of jazz studies at Claflin.

Admission is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Whittaker V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.  It is part of Claflin’s Arts and Letters Annual Bash (CALA-Bash) that starts on Sunday, April 8 and concludes on Wednesday, April 18.

On Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m., Dashiell will conduct the master class in the University Music Center.  At 3:30 p.m. that day, patrons can receive bass and saxophone lessons from Dashiell and Ambrose.  That evening at 8 p.m. that will be a Jazz Jam at Molly’s, 110 Centre St. in Orangeburg.

Dashiell is a native of Washington, D.C. where he received a citation in Who’s Who in Music and Down Beat Magazine has acknowledged him for excellence in the music industry.  He has appeared as either a performer or producer of 35 national and international recordings. 

Dashiell has also performed with the Boston Pops, National Symphony and the Washington Philharmonic Orchestra.  In addition, he has toured with the likes of the late Ray Charles, Maceo Parker, Maurice Hines, Vanessa Rubin and Jennifer Holiday, among many others.  He earned his Masters of Music degree from Howard University.

For more on the Claflin Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, contact Butler by phone at (803) 535-5480 or by e-mail at

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