Bob Long leads the Jazz Ensemble during a recent rehearsal.

The Jazz Program in the Department of Music at Missouri Western State University will present its Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Potter Hall Theater. The concert will feature performances by the Jazz Lab Band, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Ensemble. The classic literature of the swing and big band era will be the theme of this year’s program. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for seniors and Missouri Western students, and free for children 12 and under.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Kathleen Holeman will showcase several standards including ‘S Wonderful, arranged by Phil Mattson, and Is You, Or Is You Ain’t, arranged by Paris Rutherford. They will also perform their own rendition of Ellington’s Cottontail.

The Jazz Lab Band under the direction of Steve Molloy will be performing classic big band charts such as Mark Taylor’s Granada Smoothie, originally written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as modern arrangements including Chickenyard Scratch by Les Hooper. Several soloists will be featured with the Jazz Lab, most notably senior music technology major Tom Keller on tenor sax and freshman music major Max Hudson on piano.

The Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bob Long will perform a wide variety of literature, ranging from classics such as the Basie Band’s Moten Swing, to Fred Sturm’s new arrangement of Enrico Rava’s Diva. Junior music major Avery Doran on tenor sax and senior general studies major George Pepe on trombone will be featured soloists.

For more information please call the Department of Music at 816-271-4420 or Bob Long, director of Jazz Studies  at 816-271-4430.

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