Studio Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band to Perform Feb. 18

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 10, 2006 — The Southeast Missouri State jazz program will perform a jazz concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Academic Auditorium at Southeast Missouri State University.

This annual spring jazz concert will feature both jazz ensembles: the Jazz Lab band and Southeast’s premier jazz ensemble, Studio Jazz.  The bands will perform compositions of many famous jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Kris Berg, John Coltrane and Sammy Nestico. 

This performance will feature Jim Pisano, tenor saxophone, who has performed as a soloist with noted jazz artists Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Louie Bellson, Milt Hinton, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Marshal Royal, Carl Fontana, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Marvin Stamm and Gerry Mulligan. He was twice featured as a soloist at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ convention. In December 2000, he was invited to perform at Clark Terry’s 80th birthday celebration in New Hampshire. Pisano maintains a national reputation as a soloist, clinician, freelance musician, adjudicator, teacher and instrument repairperson. He currently serves as director of jazz studies and saxophone at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music.

General admission is $5. Tickets will only be available at the door on the evening of the concert.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the jazz program at Southeast Missouri State University.

In addition to this event, the jazz bands at Southeast also will perform at Buckner’s Brewpub on Feb. 17.  Also featured on Feb. 17 will be the debut performance of the Southeast Missouri Jazz combo featuring Barry Bernhardt (trumpet), Robert Conger (trombone), Shane Mizicko (drumset), as well as students Akira Kanzawa (guitar), Tim Jefferson (bass), Michael Harrer (alto sax) and David Stotlar (piano).