Jazz Concert to Feature the Sultans of Swing Faculty Jazz Combo


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 15, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music is proud to announce the first concert of the Jazz Series season, “Jazz: Homegrown in America.”  This performance will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.

Sultans of Swing

The recently formed ‘Sultans of Swing’ jazz quintet will be the featured performers on this concert.  The Sultans perform frequently in the southeast Missouri area, and play jazz standards by such greats as Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Freddy Hubbard, and John Coltrane.  The group is made up of Southeast faculty and alumni: Matt Yount on piano, Sam Godwin on bass, Shane Mizicko on drumset, Barry Bernhardt on trumpet, and Robert Conger on trombone.

Studio Jazz Ensemble

The concert will feature music for the big band which traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section.   Southeast’s premier big band, the Studio Jazz Ensemble returns to the stage with some rarely heard, yet famous compositions for the big band.   “Channel One Suite” composed by Bill Reddie and recorded by Buddy Rich (drums) and his big band will feature drumset soloist Brandon Harvey of Florissant, Mo., a sophomore music major; tenor sax soloist Spencer Day of Ballwin, Mo., a sophomore music major; and Geoff Huff of Granite City, Ill., on alto sax, a junior music major. The band also will perform “Sing, Sang, Sung” from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and their 2001 album, “Swinging for the Fences.”   The soloists on this composition will be Harvey on the drumset, and Matt Gates of Dexter, Mo., on trombone, a sophomore music major.  Other selections to be included in the program are “Tickletoe” by tenor sax great Lester Young, and “One Note Mambo” by jazz trombonist Brett Stamps.

Jazz Lab Band

Also performing at the concert will be the Southeast Jazz Lab Band.  This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be playing a variety of jazz compositions including “Speak Low” by Kurt Weill, “One O’ Clock Jump” by Count Basie, and “Jefferson Blues” by Chicago jazz composer Doug Beach.   Their portion of the program will be quite exciting as well featuring solos by bassist Jason Heeter of Potosi, Mo., a junior music major; trombonist Nathan Scheffler of Addieville, Ill., a freshman music major; and Joe Stacy of Cairo, Ill., a junior art major.


May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. – 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 1(800) 293-5949.