Jazz Sultans to Perform with Tony Baker at Buckner’s Feb. 10

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 31, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music’s faculty jazz combo, the Jazz Sultans, will offer a jazz performance with special guest artist Tony Baker on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 7-10 p.m. at the Buckner Brewing Company in downtown Cape Girardeau.

This jazz quintet has been together for three years and performs bebop jazz at its finest with a diverse collection of tunes from Duke Ellington to Sonny Rollins to Dizzy Gillespie.  The group is composed of Southeast faculty including Matt Yount on piano, Robert Conger on trombone, Jay Contrino on drums and Southeast alumnus Sam Godwin on bass.  Mike Goldsmith (tenor sax) is a faculty member at Mineral Area College and has been performing as a ‘regular’ for about one year. 

Trombonist Tony Baker has appeared with such fantastic artists as Wynston Marsalis, Steve Turre, Terry Gibbs, John Fedchock, Chris Vadala and Jiggs Whigham.  He is in Cape Girardeau to appear at the 13th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival with the Southeast jazz bands on Friday Feb. 11.  

“Our audience at Buckner’s is quite diverse, but they are very enthusiastic about listening to jazz in Cape Girardeau,” says Dr. Conger.  “The Sultans feature our guest artist from Jazz Festival every February and we always have a big crowd of excited listeners,” he added. 

Admission to the performance is free, and all are welcome to attend.  The Buckner Brewing Company is smoke free during this. For further information, contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.