Thursday, December 1

FCC Jazz Ensemble to Perform with Bassist Lou Hinds

Time: 7:30 PM JBK Theater December 1, 2011

The Frederick Community College Jazz Ensemble and director Howard Burns will present their annual fall concert of big band jazz music Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. "All That Jazz!" will feature guest bassist Lou Hinds and popular vocalist Shelley Dorsey Ensor.

Lou Hinds began his career as a bass player in the United States Navy at the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C., and after serving for 30 years, retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. From 1971 until 1991 he was Chief in Charge of and bassist for the Navy’s official premier jazz ensemble The Commodores.

As a member of The Commodores he performed at The White House and toured extensively throughout the United States and South America. During this time the group performed with many noted jazz artists including Ray Charles, Bob James, Eddie Daniels, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Pete Christleb, Louis Bellson, Frank Foster, Herb Ellis, Joe Pass and Ernie Watts.

Since retiring from the Navy, Hinds continues to perform in the Washington-Baltimore area with noted artists such as Diane Schuur and Dick Morgan. He recently performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., with Benny Golson.

During his enlistment, Hinds served tours of duty in Naples, Italy; Newport, R.I.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Boston, Mass.

Ms. Ensor has been a featured singer with the Howard Burns Quartet and the FCC Jazz Ensemble on numerous occasions. For 16 years she has directed the Common Ground Gospel Choir in Carroll County and has often performed at Blues Alley.

Howard Burns, a native of Baltimore, Md., attended Howard University and earned his master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. He played saxophone with the bands The Blackbyrds and The Midnight Movers. Burns is an adjunct professor of music at FCC and also leads The Howard Burns Quartet, a group that has performed together for 15 years.

"All That Jazz!" will be held in the college’s Jack B. Kussmaul Theater in F Building, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Md. General seating tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the theater box office the evening of the performance.

Admission is free to FCC students and staff with their college identification card.

For more information call FCC Music Program Manager Jan Holly at 301.846.2608.