Annual Southeast Jazz Series Season Opener ‘Blues, Basie and Beyond’ Nov. 5


jazz ensembleCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 22, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present the annual Jazz Series season opener, “Blues, Basie and Beyond” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

The concert will open with the Jazz Lab Band, directed by Jay Contrino, who will play small group jazz from the standard “Watermelon Man” written by Herbie Hancock to the Nat Adderley classic, “Sack of Woe.” Other pieces will include a Jay Contrino arrangement of blues and “The Chicken” by Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis.

Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble has performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, and has also received accolades from its tour of schools in the St. Louis area as well as local concerts at the River Campus. The ensemble is currently planning a return trip to the Elmhurst Jazz Festival next February.

The concert, led by Robert Conger, will feature many varied jazz compositions from some of the greats in big band jazz. The classic Count Basie tune, “All of Me,” arranged by Billy Byers, “Black Orpheus” arranged in Afro-Cuban style by Eric Richards, and “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” featuring lead tenor saxophone player, Steven Watkins will be highlighted. Also featured will be two jazz vocalists, Marie Meunier on “September in the Rain” made popular by Frank Sinatra and Brittany Graham on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Tickets for the concert and for the entire Jazz Series are available through the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  For further information, please contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at For more information, contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.