Jazz Bands Performing April 22 in Bedell


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 11, 2008 — The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present the final jazz concert of the year on Tuesday, April 22, featuring their two acclaimed big bands, Studio Jazz and Jazz Lab.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall in the Cultural Arts Center located on the River Campus.

The Jazz Lab Band will perform works recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra, the Buddy Rich big band and Chick Corea.  Student soloists in this ensemble include Jon Poston (guitar), a senior from Cape Girardeau; Chris Aarns (saxophone), a senior criminal justice major from Creve Couer, Mo.; Craig Began (flugelhorn), a sophomore music major from Rolla, Mo.; and Justin Wibbenmeyer (drumset), a freshman music major from Perryville, Mo.

The Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform a very interesting Hank Levy chart entitled “Samba Siete” featuring Ricky Crews (saxophone), a freshman music major from Fredericktown, Mo., and Paul Olatunde (trumpet), a freshman pre-engineering major from Florissant, Mo. The band also will feature Mako Ishida (piano), a senior from Kochi, Japan, on “Butter,” a ballad from the library of the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis big band who frequently performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City.  Also on the program will be tunes by Rick Stitzel, Miles Davis and Les Hooper. Other featured performers include Andrew Mitchell (saxophone), a sophomore education major from High Ridge, Mo.; Shane Callahan (trombone), a sophomore education major from Cedar Hill, Mo.; Zach Priester (guitar), a sophomore music major from Jackson, Mo.; and Jarred Harris (bass), a junior music major from Cape Girardeau.


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., or by calling (573) 651–2265.  Tickets also may be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “jazz concert” or by calling toll free: (800) 293-5949.