Jazz saxophone recital features Derrick James

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:54

    WEST POINT-The United States Military Academy Band's Chamber Music Series will feature Staff Sergeant Derrick James on jazz alto saxophone at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, in West Point's Jewish Chapel. In addition to performing as a regular member of the Jazz Knights at West Point, James has performed and recorded with Red Holloway, Chaka Khan, George Duke, Billy Cobham and Prince. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Hampton Jazz Festival, on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, for BET On Jazz, Good Morning America and on the HBO presentation of Sinbad's Soul Music Festival. He attended the University of Miami and the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass. James will lead a quintet featuring Lance Murphy on tenor saxophone, Robert Rodriguez on piano, David Ruffles on acoustic bass, and Tony Jefferson on drums. The compositions will include Kenny Barron's "Voyage," Wayne Shorter's "Fee Fi Fo Fum" and "Speak No Evil," and such standards as "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "It's You or No One." The concert is free. Allow extra travel time for vehicle and photo identification inspection at the gates. For more information, call the 24-hour hotline at 938-2617 or visit www.usma.edu/band.