Campus Set to Sizzle with Red-Hot Jazz Concert

Published: November 14, 2014 | Author: Jessica Young | Read Time: 1 minutes

SUU Jazz Band member Austin Clark in a performance.With frigid temperatures approaching, Southern Utah University will get heated up with the University’s Jazz Band performance of Too Darn Hot: A Sizzling Jazz Band Concert on Tuesday, November 18 in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Living Room at 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s red-hot program will have the audience swinging in the aisles with a free concert that is open to all. The concert’s program will include selections from across the big band and jazz vocals canons. A few of the numbers will be Gerry Mulligan’s Walkin’ Shoes,” Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon” (made famous by Frank Sinatra), and Cole Porter’s “Too Darn Hot.”

Special highlight of the evening will be a performance of “A Drive Down Cherry Street,” an original composition by senior music student Jacob Lee.

Director Dr. Thomas Herb said of Lee’s work, “I am a big fan of letting students express themselves individually through improvised solos. I am thrilled that a member of the group has taken that one step further to express himself through a composition written expressly for our group. It has been a great experience for both him and the group to experience a piece of music ‘from the ground up.’”

Herb is an instrumental music education specialist with more than two decades of experience. Additionally, he has led music teacher preparation programs for more than 10 years. As an active and well-rounded saxophonist, Dr. Herb performs equally well in classical and jazz idioms.

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Photo: SUU Jazz Band member Austin Clark in a performance. 

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