Aspen Institute to Host Unified Jazz Ensemble

May 9, 2011

Contact: Mary Ann Dodd
The Aspen Institute
410-820-5433 |

Queenstown, MD, May 9, 2011– The Aspen Institute will host a spring concert featuring the Unified Jazz Ensemble. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm at the Institute’s Wye Woods Conference Center in Queenstown, MD. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To RSVP, guests must contact Mary Ann Dodd at, or by calling 410-820-5433. 

The Unified Jazz Ensemble (UJE), based in Annapolis, Maryland, is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. The group was founded in 1992 as the first jazz group in the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Arts Initiative, and has performed across the United States and internationally, engaging listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions. The UJE’s ninth recording, Henry’s Sake Martini, was released in April 2011 and features all original compositions. School and community residencies by the Unified Jazz Ensemble in 2010-11 are organized in partnership with Class Acts Arts have been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s Residency Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Ensemble members are: Mike Noonan, John Pineda, Dominic Smith, and Tim Stanley. Learn more at

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners. 



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