CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 25, 2006 — Southeast Missouri State University’s newest Department of Music faculty ensemble, Sultans of Swing, will offer their premiere performance from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 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 Matt Yount on piano, Shane Mizicko on drums, Barry Bernhardt on trumpet and Robert Conger on trombone. The lone student in this group is Jarred Harris (bass), a sophomore music education major from Cape Girardeau’s 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 Robert 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 Brahms.”
Admission to the performance is free, and all are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.