A virtuoso trombonist joins the jazz bands of Southern Miss in concert

Wed 03/23/2022 – 17:59 | From: Mike Lopinto

The Southern Miss Jazz Lab Bands will welcome jazz trombone phenom Marshall Giles to the stage for a free one-night-only concert on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

“I didn’t know about Marshall’s work until some trombone students asked if we could have him as a guest one day,” said Larry Panela, director of jazz studies at USM. “I checked it out and what I heard was breathtaking. There is so much creativity in his music and I always look forward to showcasing artists like that.

Giles is a virtuoso performer as well as a composer and arranger and is one of the most exciting jazz trombonists in the world. He is in demand as a principal performer with the famous Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and as a guest performer with the famous WDR (West German Radio) Big Band, UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), the Airmen of Note (USAF) and Pershing’s Own – The Army Blues as well as numerous college and university jazz ensembles. He has also performed as a featured soloist with pianist Makoto Ozone, drummer Billy Chobham, bassist Richard Bona and harpist Edgar Castaneda.

“We haven’t had a guest with Jazz Labs in a while since the pandemic started, so it’s energizing to put that together and showcase it with our jazz bands,” Panela continued. “This is an event not to be missed.”

Ada J. Kenney