Thursday, October 18, 2012

SBU and BHS Jazz Ensembles in Joint Concert

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University Jazz Ensemble and the Bolivar High School Jazz Band will be featured in concert under the direction of Steve McClard and Dr. Jeffery Waters on Tuesday, October 30. These 17-piece ensembles are dedicated to being the voice of American jazz in their respective campus communities, and will join forces to feature student performers in a program which includes the wide variety of styles associated with today’s big-band jazz ensemble.

The BHS program includes Kris Berg's funk tune "Tastes like Chicken" and Gordon Goodwin's "High Maintenance," as well as "Ballad for Zoe" by Tim Fisher and an arrangement of the Michael Jackson hit "Thriller" by Paul Murtha.

The SBU program features Dean Sorenson’s “Rain Delay” and Matt Harris’s fiery “Mambo de Memo,” as well as an arrangement of one of Frank Sinatra’s perennial favorites, “Come Fly with Me.” The SBU program also includes unique jazz arrangements of the familiar hymn-tunes “Amazing Grace” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”      

“Jazz ensembles like to explore a mix of jazz styles and repertoire on a concert, and these two groups are no exception.  Swing, Latin, ballads, funk--there's a little something for everyone” Waters stated.  The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus, admission is free, and the public is invited.

For more information contact: Dr. Jeffery L. Waters, department of music, , 417-328-1632

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