Studio Jazz Ensemble to Appear at Elmhurst Jazz Festival

by News Bureau on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 18, 2013 — The Southeast Missouri State Studio Jazz Ensemble has been invited to appear at the 46th annual Jazz Festival Feb. 22-23 in Chicago, Ill.

The premiere jazz organization of Southeast will also perform at three high schools in the St. Louis area on Thursday, Feb. 21, including Seckman High School, Fox High School and Hazelwood West High School.

Also appearing at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival will be the Studio Jazz combo on Friday evening, Feb. 22 during one of the festival’s ticketed events. Playing with the combo will be Trevor Smith of Jackson, Mo., (piano, alto sax and arranger), Ethan Flood of Steele, mo., (alto sax), Matt Gates of Dexter, Mo., (trombone), Cody Jinkerson of Potosi, Mo., (trumpet), Steven Watkins of Oak Ridge, Mo., (tenor sax), Bryndon Lee of Cape Girardeau (guitar), Kyle Clay of Cape Girardeau (bass), Chris Whited of St. Louis (drumset) and Cedric Portis of Florissant, Mo., (piano).

The Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform an original composition, “Whiteout,” by composition major Smith during their set at the Jazz Festival. Also on their program will be the John LaBarbera classic, “Basie’s Buddy B,” and Alan Baylock’s original New Orleans – style composition, “Hullabaloo.”