Jazz Trombonist Rodney Lancaster Performing Feb. 16 at Southeast

Photo of a Jazz Concert at Southeast.

The Southeast Missouri State University jazz program will perform a gala jazz concert featuring the outstanding jazz trombonist Rodney Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in Academic Auditorium on the Southeast campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 2, 2007 — The Southeast Missouri State University jazz program will perform a gala jazz concert featuring the outstanding jazz trombonist Rodney Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in Academic Auditorium on the Southeast campus. 

This will be the culminating event in the Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Feb. 16-17 at Southeast. Over 350 students from Missouri and Illinois will perform for qualified adjudicators in Academic Auditorium. They will be rated on their performance and given adjudicator comments via cassette tape and a CD of their performance at the festival.

The Friday evening gala jazz concert will feature both jazz ensembles: the Jazz Lab band and Southeast’s premier jazz ensemble, Studio Jazz.  The bands will perform compositions by many famous jazz artists, including Hoagy Carmichael, Gordon Goodwin, Buddy Rich and Sammy Nestico. 

This performance will feature trombonist Rodney Lancaster, a native of St. Louis who moved to New York City in 1993 to pursue his career in jazz performance. He has performed with some of the greatest musicians and jazz orchestras of the day, in addition to numerous show performances. Since the start of his career at age 19 backing Ella Fitzgerald, Rodney has performed with Illinois Jacquet Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Toshiko Akioshi Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra to name just a few.

General admission is $7. Tickets will only be available at the door on the evening of the concert.  Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival. 

For further information, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.