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UC Music Department Holds a Jazz Quartet Concert


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) music department held a David Threlkeld & Friends Jazz Quartet Concert on October 22, 2013 at the McGaw Music Building in the Grace Crum Rollins Center, in the Neil Moore Recital Hall.

The quartet consisted of members Mr. David Threlkeld, UC’s professor of music, (alto saxophone), Todd Spangler, (piano), Joe Allen, (bass guitar), and Zach Purdie, (drums). Although they have chosen different career paths, they still have an undying passion and a talent for music. Musical selections for the concert were On Green Dolphin Street, I Mean You, Cheesecake, Little Sunflower, Groove Merchant, Scrapple from the Apple, Song for Bilbao, Summertime, Just Friends, and Tall and Lanky. Each member of the ensemble improvised solos in all the selections.

“We get together about twice a month when Todd comes to London, KY to hear court cases for Social Security,” explained Threlkeld. “We either rehearse at my church or we play in local coffee houses. One that we play at occasionally is You & Me Coffee & Tea in Corbin. We decided this summer that it would be fun to present a concert for the students and faculty at UC which was what happened last night.”

The Jazz Quartet played a mix of standard jazz tunes that have been around for a lot of years mixed with contemporary jazz compositions with the goal of creating an interesting program for the audience as well as for themselves.

“They are all really fun to work with because they are all fine musicians and we all listen and interact with each other well,” said Threlkeld of his quartet. “We plan to keep performing and adding to our repertoire in the future and are making plans to record in the near future.”

The concert seemed to be enjoyed by all who were in attendance. After the concert, the audience, as well as the quartet, were treated to a mini reception with finger foods and cheesecake.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., the University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master degrees; certifications in educations; and online programs. For more information, visit