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The Chelsea Center for the Arts Faculty Jazz Ensemble will perform an afternoon of music for jazz lovers of all ages on Sunday, Sept. 16, 4 pm, at the CCA Arts Gallery at 400 Congdon St.

This free concert is the first event in CCA’s new Jazz Café Series, featuring the four-member faculty ensemble.

The concert will pay tribute to some of the legendary jazz musicians of the past century in “The Music of the Jazz Masters:  Ellington, Basie, Monk, and Bird.”

This new ensemble includes Ben Jansson on saxophones and clarinet, Alex Anest on guitar, Robert Rohwer on bass, and David Bendena on drums.  Individually, the musicians have extensive performance and teaching experience, and all have private teaching studios at CCA, according to information about the event.

“This is a wonderful way to celebrate our new fall line-up of lessons and classes, as well as launch the Jazz Café Series,” said Lisa Hinz-Johnson, CCA’s director of music programming in a press release.

“These four musicians are top-level performers, as well as being key members of our CCA music faculty,” she said.

Jansson and Anest also co-direct a student jazz ensemble at CCA.  Since their debut performance last year, the student ensemble meets throughout the year, learning the fine details of creating jazz and performing at venues throughout the community.

CCA offers private and group music lessons and classes, and visual arts classes for children, teens, and adults.

For more information on this concert or any of CCA’s fall classes, call 734-433-2787, or click here.

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