Jazz Ensembles Performing Holiday Favorites at Buckner’s Dec. 2

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 23, 2011– Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music is proud to announce the annual holiday performance by their two highly acclaimed jazz ensembles at a local restaurant in Cape Girardeau.

Buckner Brewing Company will host the Jazz Lab and the Studio Jazz ensembles on Friday, Dec. 2 from 8 to 11 p.m. This performance coincides with the final “First Friday” of the year. “First Friday” is a partnering of studios and galleries in Cape Girardeau in an effort to provide the city with a monthly arts venue. Many local art galleries have shows open on the first Friday of each month with local, regional and national artists displaying their artistic and diverse mediums. Several galleries provide light refreshments, and all visitors are encouraged to visit the studios and galleries during the monthly event. Studio Jazz Southeast’s premier big band, the Studio Jazz Ensemble returns to Buckner’s playing some of their favorite tunes. This performance will include many holiday favorites as arranged for big band such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The Christmas Song,” “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more. The show will feature music for the big band which traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section. Featured students include tenor sax soloist Spencer Day (sophomore music major), trombonist Matt Gates (sophomore music major) and Trevor Smith on alto sax (sophomore music major). Also featured will be Jessi Brink on jazz vocals (senior music major).

Jazz Lab Band Southeast’s University Jazz Lab Band, comprised of both music and non-music majors, also will perform. It will play a variety of jazz compositions including “Count on the Blues,” “A Christmas Medley,” “Switch in Time,” “Deacon Blues” and “Dark Side of the Blues.” This portion of the program will feature solos by bassist Samantha Schupbach (junior music major), trombonist Wes Sharp (freshman music major) and guitarist Joe Stacy (senior art major).

No tickets are required for this event. Be sure to arrive early for the best parking as a large crowd is expected downtown for the First Friday events. For further information, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.