The Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra has a long reputation of musical excellence at the University of Memphis. The group is comprised of outstanding student musicians ranging from undergraduates through doctoral candidates. The ensemble performs a wide range of styles from composers Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington to modern composers such as Jim McNeely and Bob Brookmeyer. The group performs and records new student compositions, commissions, and new works from outside composers on an annual basis.
Past performances have included a tour of Europe and presentations at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, and the Tennessee Music Educators Association convention. The group was honored to be a part of the National Endowment of the Humanities "Looking at Jazz" series held in the Mid-South.
They have recorded two CDs, "Voices" and "Out of the Bluffs" for Select-O-Hits, Memphis.
The concert will have both: the University of Memphis Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra and the University of Memphis Jazz Singers under the direction of Dr. Jack Cooper.