MC Jazz Trio, tartanband to present “Urban Forests” April 24

MC Jazz Trio, tartanband to present “Urban Forests” April 24 

March 28, 2018

The Maryville College Jazz Trio and the Maryville College tartanband will present “Urban Forests,” an evening of instrumental music, on Tues., April 24.

The concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, is free and open to the public.

The MC Jazz Trio, under the direction of Dr. Bill Swann, will perform “Wave” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Contemplation” by McCoy Tyner and “There is No Greater Love” by Isham Jones. The MC tartanband, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will perform the “Theme from Sex and the City,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters,” “Shipping Up to Boston,” “City of Stars,” “Recuerdo New York,” “Empire State of Mind” and “City Trees.” The two ensembles will also come together to perform “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town).”

“This concert is inspired by the poem ‘City Trees’ by Edna St. Vincent Millay and explores the ways in which music reflects urban locales, as well as the ways in which cities bring people together,” Simpson said. “As a fellow conductor (Marc Dickey) once said, ‘City trees become urban forests; people plant themselves in the city as lonely individuals but come to find they are anything but alone.’”

Performers include the Maryville College tartanband, a small wind-ensemble of 25 students, and the MC Jazz Trio, comprised of LaKwan Bain ’18 (piano), Nick Pitts ’20 (bass), and Trevor Finegan ’20 (drums).


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.