‘Eclectic and Electric’ Final Jazz Series Performance for Spring Semester May 5



April 21, 2011– Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present their final concert of the 2010-2011 Jazz Series featuring Pat Schwent of the local group, Saxy Jazz, at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus.

 Schwent launched her quartet after retiring as the band director at Jackson High School.  

Also featured will be Jessie Brink on vocals.  Brink is a junior music education major at Southeast and will perform with the Studio Jazz Ensemble on this concert.  The concert will feature music for the big band which traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.  

Pat Schwent, tenor sax 

Schwent has been playing professionally since the age of 13 when she joined her family’s band.  She taught both conventional music and jazz at Jackson High School where she retired as head band director in 2001 after a 30-year career.   She has made “Saxy Jazz” a household name for music in southeast Missouri.   She has also performed with music shows in Branson, Mo., and is well-known in the bi-state area south of St. Louis.

Studio Jazz Ensemble

The Studio Jazz Ensemble electrified the audience at its Jazz Festival Gala Concert and a “Southeast Missourian” review of this ensemble after its October 2009 concert remarked that “the Studio Jazz Band …simply astonished!”  Studio Jazz frequently performs at Buckner Brewing Company in downtown Cape Girardeau to rave reviews.   Among the tunes on their set will be “Give It One!” from the Maynard Ferguson library, “Seven Steps to Heaven” and “Milestones” from the Miles Davis library, as well as two vocals featuring Jessie Brink.  Many students will be featured soloists including Spencer Day on tenor sax, Nate Nall on trumpet, Jason Heeter on bass, Trevor Smith on alto sax and Chris Whited on drumset. 

Jazz Lab Band

Also performing at the concert will be the Southeast’s Jazz Lab Band that also will perform with Schwent as soloist. This ensemble will play a wide variety of big band compositions including “Work Song,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and more. This ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors.  



May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “jazz concert” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.