Sultans of Swing Performing Nov. 17 at Buckner’s Brewpub

by News Bureau on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 10, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music’s faculty jazz combo, Sultans of Swing, will offer its final jazz performance of the semester from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Buckner Brewing Company in downtown Cape Girardeau.

This jazz quintet has been together since 2006 and performs a diverse array of music from Duke Ellington to Sonny Rollins to Dizzy Gillespie. The group is composed of Southeast faculty including Matt Yount on piano, Robert Conger on trombone, Jay Contrino on drums, Michael Goldsmith on tenor sax and Southeast alumnus Sam Godwin on bass.

Small group jazz is making a strong showing lately in Cape Girardeau with the Jazz Sultans and the Downtown Jazz Quartet regularly appearing at LoDo’s in downtown Cape Girardeau. The elements of this style of jazz are comprised of improvisatory solos, jazz standards and the ability of all members of the group to interact musically. The Jazz Sultans play several differing styles of jazz, from cool jazz, to hard bop to blues.

“The versatility of the musicians who are the core of the classically trained faculty of Southeast’s Department of Music is amazing,” said Robert Conger, organizer of the group. “For instance, Matt Yount, who is our staff piano accompanist, is as comfortable with Charlie Parker as he is with Bach, Beethoven or Brahms.”

Admission to the performance is free, and all are welcome to attend. The Buckner Brewing Company is smoke free during this performance. For more information, contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.