Jazz Series Opens with ‘Something Old, Something New’ at River Campus



Oct. 14, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present its Jazz Series season opener, “Something Old, Something New” Oct. 30  at the River Campus.

This performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus.

The concert will feature the vocal styles of Cape Girardeau favorites Mike Dumey and Elizabeth Sikes as they portray the jazz vocals of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Southeast University’s Studio Jazz Ensemble recently returned from an international performance for the opening of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival with more than 8,000 fans in downtown Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 2008.  Organizers of the jazz 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,” according to Robert Conger, director of the Jazz Series.

The concert will open with Dumey singing Sinatra arrangements such as “Blue Moon,” “Come Fly With Me” and “Luck Be a Lady.”  Sikes will be featured on Ella Fitzgerald arrangements singing “A Tisket, A Tasket,” and others. The band will also perform some newer music by Gordon Goodwin, Brett Stamps and will include the Buddy Rich arrangement, “Groovin’ Hard.”

Jazz Lab Band

Also performing at the concert will be the University’s Jazz Lab Band.  This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be playing a variety of jazz compositions. The Lab Band will feature the vocal stylings of Southeast’s very own Amber Duley, a music education major, on “Fly Me To the Moon” and “Mean to Me.”



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