Southeast Jazz Bands to Perform at Buckner’s Sept. 18

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 9, 2009 – The jazz ensembles of Southeast Missouri State University will present an evening of big band jazz from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at Buckner’s Brewpub in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The Studio Jazz Ensemble (SJE) is a popular musical offering at Buckner’s, having recently performed there for the Tour of Missouri on Sept. 8.  This performance will feature an entirely new set of charts and will feature some classics of big band jazz for the audience including “In the Mood,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “Eager Beaver,” as well as many other charts from the heighth of the big band era.  Featured students will include James Eldreth on trumpet, Ken DeArman on bass trombone, Cody Dawson on alto sax,  Nate Nall on trumpet and Jon Poston on guitar.

In July of 2008, this ensemble was featured in an international performance for the opening of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in front of 8,000 plus fans in downtown Edinburgh, Scotland.  Leaders of the ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’ concert were thrilled with the enormous power and versatility of the band and commented that this band was by far the favorite act of the weekend, according to Dr. Robert Conger, director of jazz studies in the Southeast Department of Music.  

Also performing on the concert will be the Jazz Lab Band from Southeast.  This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be heard playing some fine jazz compositions.   In addition, the student jazz combo will perform some of their favorite blues selections beginning at 8 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.