QU Jazz Ensemble to Present Fall Concert

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The Quincy University Jazz Ensemble will present a fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at 7:30 pm in the Connie Niemann Center for Music (17th and Seminary Rd.).   The public is invited to attend without charge thanks to sponsorship by the QU division of fine arts and communication.

The program will include the following works performed by the ensemble under the direction of Steve Parke, associate professor of music and jazz artist-in-residence.

  • Vine Street Rumble, by Bennie Carter for the Count Basie Orchestra and arranged by former Quincy College Jazz Ensemble instructor Hugh Soebbing, was the closing theme song for the ensemble for many concerts.  We will open our concert with this swinging chart named for a famous street in Kansas City where many jazz giants began their careers.
  • Big Black Car, by Steve Parke (2000), is a combination Swing/Latin chart that attempts to capture the mood of the long, sleek, black limousines driven by 1940’s gangsters and movie stars.  Various solos are featured.
  • A Warm Breeze, by Sammy Nestico (1981), is a medium tempo, ballad style chart reminiscent of those relaxing moments sitting by the beach wearing shades with a cool drink in your hand.  Described as “laidback” swing, this chart features solos by trombone, trumpet, tenor sax, and piano.
  • Buy It and Fry It, by Dennis DeBlasio (1986), has a quick shuffle beat to test the reading skills of our ensemble.  It begins with an extremely heated tenor sax cadenza that sets up a challenge for our rhythm section right out of the gate!  Also included is a blazing drum solo.
  • Mazatlan, by Bill Liston (2012) is a brand new bright samba that takes its name from a popular tourist area on the west coast of Mexico.  This Latin style chart features various soloists.
  • Pleasant Times, by Bob Washut (2012) is another brand new chart cast in a lush ballad setting that features our trombone soloist.  This masterful work features sheets of warm sounds then changes midstream to a jazz waltz for our soloist.
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got that Swing), by Ellington and Mills (1931) and arranged by Matt Harris, features our vocalist, Jessica Wigginton, in a very familiar melody still performed around the world to this day.
  • Nutville, by Horace Silver and arranged by Greg Hopkins, will close our program. It is the bright, Latin/Swing classic version as recorded by the Buddy Rich Big Band on his Roar of ’74 album.

Additional information is available from the QU music office at 228-5432, Ext. 3161.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.