The SUU Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert at the Starlight Room in the Sharwan Smith Center on Tuesday, February 15th. The 16-member group will present a wide-ranging selection of jazz, big-band music, and the blues.
According to Assistant Professor of Music Patrick Roulet, “We have a swinging evening planned. Best of all—the price is right.”
The evening’s entertainment will feature the Glenn Miller classic, String of Pearls. In the four-year period between 1939 and 1942, Miller and his orchestra recorded an amazing 70 Top Ten Hits including such standards as In the Mood, Little Brown Jug, and Moonlight Serenade.
The Ensemble will reach back into the 1930s for the hit, Sweet Georgia Brown, which was written by flapper-era songwriter, bandleader, and comedy star Ben Bernie, who had his own radio show, and became widely known for the trademark expression, “Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah.”
Included on the program will be Sentimental Mood by the remarkable bandleader and songwriter Duke Ellington whose pioneering career spanned an amazing 50 years on the stage.
The concert will also feature the sounds of some of the most interesting and innovative songwriters and performers of today. The Ensemble will perform a composition titled Reminiscin’ by widely-acclaimed blues singer/song-writer Jeff Taylor and a new piece with a comic twist by Emmy Award-winning composer Gordon Goodwin called Hunting Wabbits. Goodwin is the leader of Big Phat Band, which has emerged as one of Southern California’s most exciting jazz groups.
The Jazz Ensemble concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited and there is no admission charge. This event is sponsored by SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts. Details about SUU fine arts events are available at www.suu.edu/arts or on the SUU Fine Arts Hotline at 435-865-8800.
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