CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 11, 2008 — The Southeast Missouri Department of Music’s faculty ensemble, Sultans of Swing, will offer a jazz combo performance from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, and Thursday, April 10, in Buckner’s Brewpub in downtown Cape Girardeau.
This scintillating jazz quintet performs bebop jazz at its finest with a diverse array of music from Duke Ellington to Sonny Rollins to Dizzy Gillespie. The group is composed of Southeast faculty including Barry Bernhardt on trumpet, Matt Yount on piano, Shane Mizicko on drums, and Robert Conger on trombone. The lone student in this group is Jarred Harris (bass), a junior music major from Cape Girardeau’s Cape Central High School string program.
Jazz bebop is characterized by harmonic complexity, convoluted melodic lines and the frequent shifting of rhythmic accents according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The Sultans of Swing play several differing styles of bebop, according to Conger who organized the group.
“We play everything from cool jazz, to hard bop, to blues in our group,” he said. “You’ll be amazed at the versatility of the musicians who also are the core of the classically trained faculty of Southeast’s Department of Music. For instance Matt Yount, who is our staff piano accompanist, is as comfortable with Charlie Parker as he is with Mozart, Beethoven or Hindemith.”
Admission to the performance is free, and all are welcome to attend. Buckner’s Brewpub is smoke free during this performance, and patrons are encouraged to sample some of Buckner’s fabulous menu during the show.
For more information, please contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.