Luther to host Chad Eby Quartet

Featuring four talented jazz musicians and an original suite based on children's poetry, the Chad Eby Quartet will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Recital Hall in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The quartet will also host a jam session at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Marty's in the lower level of Dahl Centennial Union on Luther's campus. The jam session includes performances from Luther jazz students.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The quartet's recital features Chad Eby's "The Sweet Shel Suite," which includes songs inspired by the poetry of Shel Silverstein, author of children's poetry books such as "The Giving Tree," "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "A Light in the Attic." The songs in the suite are "Lester (The Wish Waster)," "The Long-Haired Boy," "Ourchestra," "Years From Now, When I Am Gone," "The Dance of the Shoes," "Masks," "Falling Up," "The Clock Man" and "Ickle Me, Tickle Me, and Pickle Me Too."

In addition to Eby on saxophone, rounding out the quartet are Brandon Lee, trumpet; Steve Haines, bass; and Daniel Faust, drums.

A Newhall, Iowa native, Eby is a life-long student of music. He studied music at Luther, completed his degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas and then earned his master's degree in saxophone performance from The Ohio State University.

Eby is a highly sought-after arranger, and his professionally commissioned works have been performed or recorded by Bill Charlap with Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the L.A. All-Star Big Band, and his own group, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra. To date, he has arranged more than 125 works for big band, small jazz combos and chamber groups, and is credited with more than 50 original compositions. Eby is a D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.

Lee completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 2005 and his Master of Music degree in 2007 both at The Juilliard School. He is currently teaching jazz in the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and playing with his own jazz group and as a sideman in several other groups.

Haines is full professor and director of jazz studies at the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Haines holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas.

Faust received his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the Miles Davis Jazz Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Faust continues to be an in-demand drummer in the southeast, performing and recording projects ranging from be-bop, swing, funk, and fusion, to contemporary gospel, country and pop.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://luther.edu.