Jazz Combos to perform free concert Dec. 8

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Furman Jazz Combos will present a concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman University campus.

The concert is free and open to the public and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

The Jazz Combos are coached by Furman music faculty members Steve Watson and Keith Davis who teach in the jazz studies program directed by Dr. Matt Olson. Watson and Davis will lead students in music by Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, and Wes Montgomery.

Guitarist Steve Watson is director of jazz studies at The Fine Arts Center in Greenville, and a lecturer at Furman. As a guitarist for the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Watson toured in Switzerland and extensively throughout the Middle East. A member of The Bruce Hornsby Band from 1978-84, Watson is now part of Watson’s Riddle (www.watsonsriddle.com), an instrumental group he formed with Paul Riddle, original drummer for the Marshall Tucker Band. Legendary Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones) is also part of the band.

Pianist Keith Davis teaches jazz piano at Furman and jazz piano improvisation at the Furman Summer Keyboard Institute. With 30 years of professional experience, Davis performs regularly at jazz festivals, clubs and events throughout the Southeast. He has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra with Matt “Guitar” Murphy (Blues Brothers). Davis recently released his first trio CD “Still” which features his original compositions www.innergroovemusic.com.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at 864-294-2086, or FurmanMusic@furman.edu.