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Jazz Ensembles to perform at Columbia April 23 and Pottle April 24

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's jazz ensembles will play back-to-back concerts April 23 and 24.

     Jazz Ensemble I will present its spring concert on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. The following night, April 24, also at 7:30 p.m., Jazz Ensemble II will perform at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     The 20-piece Jazz Ensemble I is comprised of the most outstanding jazz musicians attending Southeastern and is characterized by its “bold programming and fresh approach to the jazz idiom,” said Director Glen J. Hemberger. The ensemble’s styles range from big band swing to contemporary jazz and from rock to Latin. 

     The program will feature “Count Bubba” by Gordon Goodwin; “Chase the Clouds Away” by noted flugelhornist Chuck Mangione; “In A Mello Tone,” originally by Duke Ellington and arranged by Frank Foster for the Count Basie Band; and “Tank!,” the opening theme music from the Japanese animated series, “Cowboy Bebop.” 

     Senior voice major Betty Turner of Hammond will join the ensemble singing the jazz standard, “Misty.”

     General admission is $3. All students with ID, regardless of age, are admitted free of charge. 

     Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Richard Schwartz and composed of music majors and other student jazz ensthusiasts, plans a program of jazz works by well known jazz and pop artists. Selections will include "Moon Dance" by Van Morrison, "Boogie Stop Shuffle" by Charles Mingus, "I Mean You" by Thelonius Monk, "The Shadow of Your Smile" by Johnny Mandel, "Groovin' High" by "Dizzy" Gillespie, "Blue Train" by John Coltrane, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, "Pure and Simple" by Jeff Jarvis, and "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles.

     The ensemble will welcome trumpet soloist Lacy Blackledge, a Southeastern graduate.

     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.

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