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Concert Programs

NC State Jazz Orchestra

April 22, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | Stewart Theatre

The NC State Department of
Performing Arts and Technology presents

NC State Jazz Orchestra

Featuring Tim Armacost

Dr. Wes Parker, director


Performances will be selected from the following

I’m Beginning to See the Light
Ellington, James, Hodges, and George
arr. Sammy Nestico

And the Band Played On
Charles B. Ward
arr. Tom Kubis

Almost Like Being in Love
Lerner and Loewe arr. Billy May
Featuring Sydney Morisoli, vocals

Wayne Shorter
arr. Mike Tomaro

Billy Strayhorn

Blues in the Abscessed Tooth
Matt Catingub

Featuring Special Guest
Tim Armacost, saxophone

The Repose in All Things
Tim Armacost

Long Haired Girl
Tim Armacost

Slowly Slowly
Tim Armacost

Green Dolphin Street
Bronislaw Kaper
arr. Tim Armacost

Tenor Vibe
Tim Armacost

Armacost’s music is known for its balance of lyrical invention, harmonic sophistication and exciting interplay among top-tier band mates.  His improvisations are brimming with ideas, but organized into a naturally flowing narrative.  His unusual life story, which includes extended residencies in Japan, India, the Philippines, Holland and New York, informs his wide ranging musical explorations. 

Touring regularly around the world both as a sideman and a leader, Armacost has worked with a phenomenal number of jazz greats, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Don Friedman and Randy Brecker.

Armacost is not only known for his heat-of-the-moment playing. He also brings his storytelling skill to compositions for groups ranging from trios to big bands.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke/CMA “New Works” award.  Four of his compositions were arranged by Michael Abene and Jim McNeely and recorded by Holland’s acclaimed Metropole Orchestra.  Wynton Marsalis commissioned Armacost’s original composition and arrangement, “The Repose in All Things,” which is featured on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s recent recording Jazz and Art II.

Armacost has recorded 14 critically acclaimed albums as a leader, performed on more than 60 as a sideman, and has recorded over 100 original songs and arrangements. Armacost is a widely respected educator, teaching at the Jamey Aebersold and Stanford Summer Jazz Workshops, at Queens College in New York City and as a clinician at Universities throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe.

Armacost co-leads the New York Standards Quartet,  the Brooklyn Big Band, and In Trio, and is currently working on music for two new projects: a chord-less quartet featuring Gary Smulyan, John Patitucci and Al Foster, and a new quartet with Jim Ridl, Ugonna Okegwo and Rudy Royston.  His most recent leader outing, Time Being, featuring Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Bob Hurst received 4 stars in Downbeat magazine and has met with critical acclaim around the world.

NC State Jazz Orchestra


Niko Badalamenti (lead alto)
Travis Pipes (alto)
Duncan Pickett (lead tenor)
Adriana Hernandez (tenor)
Ethan Newhouse (bari)


David Sweasey (lead)
Henry Sallard
Jonathan Bennett
Spencer Byrd
Holden Carroll
Ben Poovey (bass)


Gage Fringer (lead)
Marceli Lewtak
Aidan Dumain (jazz)
Matt Farmer
Sam Grant

Rhythm Section

Elaine Wolochuk (piano)
Jerin Smith (guitar)
Max Hammer (bass)
Justin Kern (swing bass)
Isaac Drown (drums)

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