KU Jazz Ensemble I with Kneebody

Jazz Ensemble I directed by Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies

Kneebody’s sound is… explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing and highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. The quintet met in their late teens while at the Eastman School of Music and Cal Arts, became fast friends and converged together as Kneebody amid the vibrant and eclectic music scene of Los Angeles in 2001.

At the Lied Center, the group will perform with the University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I led by Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies. The ensemble and its members have received numerous DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards during the past two decades, including four in the category of Best College Big Band in the U.S. or Canada.

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“It’s probably safe to assume at this point that no other band working today can offer what Kneebody delivered at the Blue Whale on Friday night.” Los Angeles Times