Big Band and BeBop with Jazz Ensemble

Published: November 06, 2017 | Author: Tracy Solimeno | Read Time: 2 minutes

Jazz performanceBe-Bop with SUU’s Department of Music Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017, in the SUU Music Building’s Thorley Recital Hall. Music will range from big band to contemporary jazz and promises lively rhythms and soulful compositions. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Ensemble will be playing When You're Smiling by Tom Kubis, featuring Johnny Rhur on Tenor Sax. Minuano by Pat Metheny, featuring Logan Wilson on Trumpet, Bebop Charlie by Bob Florence, Hear of the Matter by Bob Mintzer, with solos by Robby Debry, Trombone, Hayden Eighmy and Chase Woods, Alto Sax.

Tom Kubis and Bob Florence were both big band composers who worked in Hollywood. Bob Florence was a child prodigy that gave his first recital at age seven. He received fifteen Grammy nominations and two Emmy’s. In 2009, Jazzed Magazine named Bob Florence’s Live Concerts by the Sea as one of the 25 Best Big Band Recordings of all time and said that Bob Florence’s “original compositions are consistently excellent and his arrangements are actually so unique that they fall into a category closer to “re-composition.””

The music of Pat Metheny has a sound that is unique, contemporary, and reflective of a newer generation of Jazz artists. Lloyd Peterson from the Scarecrow Press Book felt that, “the creative genius of Pat Metheny lies deep beneath the surface, a place of heartfelt passion and beauty, of melodic depth and spirit.” His music feels both effortless and innovative.

Johnny Ruhr, a senior at Southern Utah University, said, “Persistence is key! Hard work pays off! You get out what you put in! The list can go on. Music has been a huge role in my life. It is a stress reliever, a confidence booster, and most of all it is enjoyable. I love it!”

Adam Lambert, Director of Bands and Brass studies at SUU, said, “This is an all new band with a lot of new faces. They've worked hard, are swinging hard, and sounding great!” 

Let your inner rhythm sing as you bop with the SUU Jazz Ensemble. For more information on SUU’s music department, please visit

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