Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SBU Jazz Ensemble in Concert Nov. 16

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / scsmith@sbuniv.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University department of music is proud to present the Jazz Ensemble in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Meyer Recital Hall at the Bolivar campus. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Waters, professor of music and dean of the Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters. 

The 18-piece big-band ensemble is the champion of American jazz in the campus community, and will once again feature student performers in a program of standards and contemporary jazz tunes.  Favorites from the standards include “My Foolish Heart,”  “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and Dave Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way.”  Contemporary selections on the program include “Street Music,”  the jazz waltz “Step Lively,” and a new up-beat Latin tune called “Emergency Stopping Only.”  A rather novel tune on this fall’s concert is “Hunting Wabbits,” which has recently been made famous by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.  “Hunting Wabbits” mixes more serious jazz elements with playful music that is reminiscent of the music which accompanies cartoons. 

“If you like jazz in any of its flavors—swing, Latin, contemporary, ballads—we like to think we offer a little something for everyone,” said Waters. 


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