Southeast Jazz Ensembles to Perform at Buckner Brewing Company May 3

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 24, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University’s highly acclaimed jazz ensembles, Jazz Lab and Studio Jazz, will perform May 3 at Buckner Brewing Company in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The performance is scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

Jazz Lab Band

The first band of the evening will be the University’s Jazz Lab Band. This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be playing a variety of jazz compositions including “Beantown Blues,” “Spain” (from the Chick Corea orchestra), “Theme from Sesame Street” (from the Maynard Ferguson orchestra), and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” Their portion of the program will be quite exciting as well and solos by Sam Harris (sophomore computer science major) of Charleston, Mo., guitarist Devin Lorenz (freshman music major) of Festus, Mo., tenor sax Stephen Watkins (freshman music major) of Oak Ridge, Mo., and trumpeter Anthony Jackson (freshman music major) of Arnold, Mo.

Studio Jazz Ensemble

Southeast’s premier big band, the Studio Jazz Ensemble, returns to Buckner’s playing some of their favorites including “Hay Burner” (from the Count Basie orchestra), “Cherry Juice” (from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra), “Reunion at Newport” (from the Woody Herman orchestra) plus an original funk chart by lead alto player Trevor Smith. The show will feature vocalist Marie Meunier of Cape Girardeau, Mo., who will sing some famous jazz standards with each band. Music for big band traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section. Featured students include soloist Spencer Day (senior music major) of Ballwin, Mo., Chris Whited (sophomore music major) of St. Louis, Mo., saxophonist Ethan Flood (junior music major) of Steele, Mo., guitarist Dan Boemeke (senior music major) of Fenton, Mo., saxophonist Trevor Smith (sophomore music major) of Jackson, Mo., trombonist Matt Gates (senior music major) of Dexter, Mo., and Kyle Clay of Cape Girardeau on bass (sophomore music major).

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