University Jazz Ensembles to Perform at Buckner’s Brewpub

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 16, 2008 – The jazz ensembles of Southeast Missouri State University will perform for the first time this semester from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at Buckner’s Brewpub in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The Studio Jazz Ensemble (SJE) recently returned from an international performance in July for the opening of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in front of more than 8,000 fans in downtown Edinburgh, Scotland.  Leaders of the “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” concert during the festival were thrilled with the enormous power and versatility of the band and commented that the Studio Jazz Ensemble was, by far, the favorite act of the weekend.  

At Buckner’s, the SJE will perform some exceptional music for jazz ensembles including “Basie Straight Ahead,” “Hay Burner” and “A Tribute to the Count,” which come directly from the library of Count Basie as arranged by the famous Sammy Nestico.  Also on the show will be tunes by Benny Golsen, Horace Silver, Stan Kenton, Earth Wind and Fire, as well as the Beatles. Featured students will include James Eldreth, junior music major, Ken DeArman, junior music major, Geoff Huff, sophomore music major, Spencer Day, freshman music major and Ayano Hayata, sophomore psychology major.

Also performing on the concert will be the Jazz Lab Band from Southeast.  This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be heard playing some fine jazz compositions.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.