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The concert will feature jazz hits such as “Tuxedo Junction,” “Everybody’s Boppin’” and “Georgia on My Mind”

Vocal jazz ensemble Syncopation will take campus audiences back to the roots of the genre with their Nov. 15 Madsen Recital Hall concert.

“In my mind the roots of jazz are groove, improvisation and storytelling,” said Syncopation director Hayley Kirkland. “When you look back at the origins of jazz and blues, its main purpose was to get people to dance. In this concert, the groove is king. Each tune has a unique feel with a different style of dance in mind from swing, hip-hop, samba and more.”

Kirkland — an alum of the ensemble — is excited to showcase the talent and hard work of this year’s Syncopation lineup.

“This choir has been so fun because we have both amazing soloists and an incredible blend, which is hard to achieve,” she said. “In this concert you’ll hear incredibly tight harmonies and beautiful lyrics that are sure to surprise and delight.”

The performance setlist includes beloved jazz favorites such as “Tuxedo Junction,” “Everybody’s Boppin’” and “Georgia on My Mind.” The concert will also highlight the improvisational skills of the group’s 13 vocalists and three-piece rhythm section.

“Improvisation will play a large role in this concert,” said Kirkland. “The spontaneity of improvisation is a huge reason I love jazz so much; you never hear the same music twice!”

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