by News Bureau on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 11, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Jazz Series will close with “Bluer Than Blue” at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
This exciting concert will feature local tenor saxophonist Chris Deusinger along with members of Southeast’s two jazz ensembles and jazz combo.
The concert will open with the Jazz Lab Band, which will play jazz in an assortment of styles, from the Latin “St. Thomas,” written by the jazz master, Sonny Rollins, to the jazz standard “Queen Bee,” which was a staple of the Count Basie Orchestra. This younger jazz group will feature performers Derrick Morrison (saxophone), Cat Sharp (piano), Sam Harris (saxophone), Michael Barbara (trombone), John Davis (saxophone), Caleb Schmitt (guitar) and James Behlman (bass).
Immediately following the band, the concert will spotlight the Southeast Jazz Combo, joined by Deusinger. Students include Matt Gates (trombone), Trevor Smith (piano), Ethan Flood (saxophone), Steven Watkins (saxophone), Cody Jinkerson (trumpet), Kyle Clay (bass), Bryndon Lee (guitar) and Chris Whited (drumset).
The concert will close with the Southeast Jazz Ensemble, which will feature many varied jazz compositions from some of the greats in big band jazz. Highlighted in this concert will be “Nice N Juicy,” from the Maynard Ferguson Library, “Bluer than Blue” from the great Don Sebesky, and “Summertime,” which will feature vocalist Brittany graham. Featured student soloists include Watkins (saxophone), Smith (saxophone), Gates (trombone), Cedric Portis (drumset) and Clay (bass).
Deusinger began playing clarinet in the fourth grade. In high school he discovered his true passion was the saxophone. His first professional performances were on cruise ships where he worked with The Coasters, The Platters, Mickey Dolenz and Ben Vereen, among others. He also backed up celebrities such as Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon and Wayne Newton. Deusinger’s playing career twice led him to Branson where he worked in both the Shoji Tabuchi Band and the Lawrence Welk Orchestra. While with the Welk Orchestra, he had the incredible opportunity of making an album with the legendary clarinetist Pete Fountain as well as sharing the stage with icons The Lennon Sisters, JoAnn Castle, Henry Cuesta, Jack Imel, Guy and Ralna, Bobby Vinton and Andy Williams. He has played with both the Guy Lombardo and Cab Calloway Orchestras. More Recently, Deusinger anchored the horn section of both the Horn Dawgs in Branson and the powerhouse, St. Louis-based dance band, Dr. Zhivegas. His repertoire includes flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. While he is a jazzer at heart, his favorite music to play is anything that makes you want to get up and dance. His major influences include Michael Brecker; Bob Berg; John Coltrane; Bob Mintzer’ Tower of Power’ Earth, Wind and Fire; and Steely Dan. He recently moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to be with his wife, Sam, and daughter, Kennedy.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.RiverCampusEvents.com. For more information, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.