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Jamey Aebersold and Band Perform at University of the Cumberlands


Jamey Aebersold and band perform for faculty and students on campus.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands welcomed Jamey Aebersold and his jazz band to play for students and faculty during Monday’s convocation on November 16, in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on campus.

Accompanied by Jonathan Higgins on drums, Tyrone Wheeler on bass and Steve Crews on piano, Aebersold led a wonderful performance of jazz music as he discussed the dangers of tobacco use. Stating, “We are a non-smoking band. It’s hard to play music when you’re dead,” Aebersold talked about the foundation of jazz music and how many of the original artists tragically succumbed to the effects of tobacco use through smoking. He mentioned Jim Trimmer’s book “Quit Easy”, highly recommending it for anyone attempting to quit smoking.

Aebersold emphasized the importance of choices and habits as they affect our daily lives. Following the performance, the band members further challenged the audience to practice mental hygiene, overcoming ignorance with imagination.

Jamey Aebersold is an instructor of musical improvisation at the University of Louisville. His “Play-Along” Series of instructional books and CDs have continued to further jazz education. He also teaches a jazz workshop each summer at the University of Louisville.