Jazz Ensembles, Guest Artist Mark Zauss to be Featured at Spring Jazz Clinic

Photo of a Jazz ensemble in concert

Both of Southeast Missouri State University’s jazz ensembles, Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band, will appear in concert April 12.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 26, 2007— Both of Southeast Missouri State University’s jazz ensembles, Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Academic Auditorium.

The concert will feature special guest artist, Mark Zauss, on trumpet. He will present a public clinic from 4 to 5:30 p.m. prior to the concert, also in Academic Auditorium.

Zauss, who lives in Orlando, Fla., leads and performs in six of his own wildly diverse musical groups which cover a multitude of genres from Swing to Dixieland and Be-Bop to Classical. Together Zauss and his wife, Kathy perform in more than 110 events a year for companies such as: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Fortune 500 companies, jazz festivals and corporate events. Zauss has two solo CDs that are frequently played on jazz stations around the country.

The pre-concert clinic is designed for public school students and will focus on successful careers in music. The event also will include an upper register clinic for brass players.  His upper register clinic includes a description of the stages of change that takes place during the mind and body interaction when faced with challenges such as upper register playing. Zauss will simplify things by breaking down the process of practicing into concrete tasks and then suggesting obtainable goals related to the outcome of practicing these concrete tasks. The explanation of the “practicing process” helps to reduce some of the anxiety related to performance, help increase self efficiency, and may help to make playing the instrument more enjoyable. 

The program will include the jazz standard “I Remember Clifford,” a great Frank Foster tune “Blues in Hoss Flat,” and a Gordon Goodwin chart “Count Bubba’s Revenge.” 

Tickets are available through MetroTix online or by phone at (314) 534-1111.  Ticket prices are $7 for general admission, $6 for faculty and seniors, and $5 for students. For more information, contact the director of jazz at Southeast, Robert Conger, at (573) 651-2398.