The College of Arts and Architecture

Dimensions in Jazz

centre dimensions in concert
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

$4.99 general/$2.00 students (at the door)

The annual Dimensions in Jazz concert features the three Penn State big bands - Inner Dimensions, Outer Dimensions, and Centre Dimensions - in their first performance of the 2014-15 season. Highlights include a performance with Centre Dimensions by visiting saxophone professor Tim Powell, and an original composition by Penn State graduate student Sean Durkin. Outer Dimensions is directed by Sean Durkin, and Mac Himes leads Inner Dimensions. Centre Dimensions is directed by Dan Yoder.


Outer Dimensions

  • Corner Pocket ♦ Freddie Green (as performed by Count Basie)
  • Chameleon ♦ Maynard Ferguson

Inner Dimensions

  • Sophisticated Lady ♦ Duke Ellington
  • It's Oh So Nice ♦ Sammy Nestico

Centre Dimensions

  • My Shining Hour ♦ arranged by Dan Yoder  (with Tim Powell, saxophone)   
  • No News Ain't Good News ♦ Sean Durkin
  • Iccarus ♦ arranged by Dan Yoder

At home in both classical and jazz idioms, saxophonist Tim Powell is an active freelance musician in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas. He has performed with the Baltimore, National, Alexandria, and Altoona symphony orchestras as well as Frank Tim PowellSinatra Jr., Gloria Gayner, Ben Folds, the Four Freshman, Frankie Avalon, Mauro Marcondes, Origem, the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band and the Steve Fidyk Big Band.

A faculty member at both the University of Maryland and Frostburg State University, Powell teaches saxophone as well as music history, music theory, music appreciation, woodwind methods, jazz ensembles, jazz theory and jazz improvisation. He is teaching saxophone at Penn State during the fall 2014 semester while David Stambler is on sabbatical.

Tim Powell received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State, where he won numerous scholarships, competitions and the concerto competition. He received his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone. His teachers include Dan Yoder, David Stambler, Chris Vadala and Dale Underwood.

Centre Dimensions, the premier twenty-piece jazz ensemble at Penn State, performs frequently on campus and tours throughout Pennsylvania and the East. In addition, Centre Dimensions performs and works with several internationally known artists each year. Previous guests have included Phil Woods (sax), Cyrus Chesnut (piano), Bob Mintzer (sax), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), George Rabbai (trumpet, vocals), Frank Morgan (sax), Lynn Seaton (bass), and John Riley (drums). They perform a challenging repertoire of modern and classic jazz, as well as originals written by the director. This highly selective ensemble is open by audition to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.