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ArtsCanisius is overjoyed to invite you to an album release concert for the Russell Scarbrough Big Band.

This contemporary 18-piece big band will celebrate the release of its new record, FUN TIMES, on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7:30 o.m. in Montante Cultural Center. Featuring Western New York’s hottest musicians and award-winning originals, this concert will be an immersive and inspiring musical experience.

This is a particularly exciting event as Russell Scarbrough is the director of the Canisius Jazz Ensemble and is a nine-time ASCAP Plus Award recipient.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Sym­phony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Columbus Symphony,Anchorage Concert Chorus & Or­chestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Studio Orchestra, Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra, American Jazz Composers Orchestra, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Flute Big Band UK, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the US Naval Academy Jazz Ensemble. Soloists Terri Lyne Carrington, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Ali Ryerson, Eric Alexander, and Stefon Harris are among those who have performed his ar­rangements. Scarbrough studied composition with Hank Levy at Towson State, and Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $5 for students.  They are available at or at the door. For more information, please contact Yvonne Widenor, director of ArtsCanisius, at

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Art History and Music Programs, MLLC Department, Director and Studio Art Galleries Director, ArtsCanisius