Sultans of Swing to Perform with Guest Dan Jordan at Buckner’s April 22

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 19, 2010 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music’s faculty jazz combo, Sultans of Swing, will offer a jazz performance with special guest artist Dan Jordan on Thursday, April 22, 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, and Southeast alumnus Sam Godwin on bass.  Tenor saxophonist Dan Jordan has appeared with such fantastic artists as Arturo Sandival, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Barry Manilow, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, and Mel Torme.  He is in Cape Girardeau to perform at the final jazz series concert of the year on Friday, April 23, with the Southeast jazz bands.   Jazz bebop is characterized by harmonic complexity, convoluted melodic lines and the frequent shifting of rhythmic accents.  “We play everything from cool jazz, to hard bop, to blues in our group,” Conger 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, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.