Fill Your Soul with the Sounds of Jazz at SUU

Published: November 12, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 4 minutes

SUU Jazz StudentsThe SUU Department of Music’s Jazz Ensembles will bring back the soul of jazz legends with their concert on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty/staff (and one guest) and students can attend for free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online at

Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands at SUU, shares, “Jazz 1 will be performing an amazing set with classics like Avalon and Just in Time to more modern tunes by Pat Metheny and others. We have very strong soloists being featured throughout the concert, including solos on Malagueña and several other exciting tunes. SUU's interest and growth is exciting as we feature three jazz ensembles at this year's jazz concert.”

The SUU Jazz Ensembles are open to all students by audition. Students prepare and perform jazz music through ensemble and improvisational performance as close to a professional level as possible. Performances include a feature performance with the annual SUU High School Jazz Festival featuring nationally and internationally recognized guest artists, an annual Swing Dance for the University and local community, as well as competing at the Reno Jazz Festival.

Bubba Akins, sophomore Music Education major from Cedar City, Utah, says, “Jazz is all about having a good time and that is what this concert is going to be — a good time! The band has put in a lot of work, not only learning the music, but learning proper jazz technique and how to swing. Thanks to the direction of Dr. Adam Lambert and the hard work of my fellow band mates, this concert is going to be a good time!”

Tarren Overson, junior Music Education major from Parowan, Utah, states, “Working up to this concert has been a huge learning experience for the entire band. At the beginning of each school year, there are new students who audition and become a part of the many jazz ensembles here at SUU. That being said, we have really been able to come together in our ensembles to prepare for this concert. The music is exciting featuring a couple Latin tunes along with several classic swing pieces. I personally look forward to being able to perform and provide the experience of a live concert. Music for me is a huge part of how I live my life and sharing the culture of jazz music with the audience allows me to have a euphoric experience that I can’t get anywhere else. There is a special magic in the air when music is being created live in the moment. The jazz ensembles here at Southern Utah University wouldn’t be anything without our amazing directors Dr. Adam Lambert and Dr. McKay Tebbs. They have worked hard to help us prepare an amazing concert. The Southern Utah University Jazz ensembles invite everyone out to experience an evening full of exciting music that won’t disappoint.”

Fill your soul with the sounds of Jazz on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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