The jazz program of the Missouri Western State University Department of Music will present its Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Potter Hall Theater. The concert will feature performances by the Jazz Lab Band, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free. The concert will showcase classic jazz literature as well as new contemporary literature by today’s leading writers.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kathleen Holeman, will entertain the audience with a mixture of tunes by diverse composers and differing styles. They will perform classic standards such as “Lullaby of Birdland” by George Shearing, arranged by Kerry Washington, along with new originals, such as “Open Invitation” by Darmon Meader and Lauren Kimhan, both members of the ever popular New York Voices.
The Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Molloy, will perform classic big band charts such as “Corner Pocket” by Freddie Green, originally performed by the Count Basie Orchestra, and contemporary arrangements such as Fred Sturm’s “Michelangelo.”
The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bob Long, will showcase a wide variety of literature, ranging from classics such as the Basie Band’s “Queen Bee” to Fred Sturm’s original composition “Skyhawk.” Featured soloists with the Jazz Ensemble are senior general studies major Avery Doran on tenor sax, and senior music technology major Ryan Lombard on guitar.
For more information please call the MWSU Music Office at 816-271-4420 or Bob Long, Director of Jazz Studies, 816-271-4430.
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