CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 5, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri Department of Music’s faculty jazz combo, Sultans of Swing, will offer a jazz performance on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7-10 p.m. at the Buckner Brewing Company in downtown Cape Girardeau.This jazz quintet has been together for three years and 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 Matt Yount on piano, Robert Conger on trombone, Shane Mizicko on drums, Barry Bernhardt on trumpet and Southeast alumnus Sam Godwin on bass. 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 Robert Conger who organized the group.
“We play everything from cool jazz, to hard bop, to blues in our group,” he said. “The versatility of the musicians who also are the core of the classically trained faculty of Southeast’s Department of Music is amazing. 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 further information, contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.