Posted by Sean Flynt on 2011-04-18

Samford's Jazz Ensemble will perform with Grammy Award-winning composer and performer Mace Hibbard, saxophone, this Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The concert is free-of-charge and open to the public.

"Mace is one of the most exciting young saxophonists on the scene today and is a fantastic educator and performer," said Samford Director of Jazz Studies Cameron "Chip" Crotts.

In addition to the Jazz Ensemble concert, Hibbard will lead a masterclass for Samford students and other interested performers Thursday afternoon from 1:45-3:20 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.

Sonny Harris, drums, also will perform as a guest at the Jazz Ensemble concert Thursday evening.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.