Jazz Sultans to Perform with Trumpeter Allen Beeson at Buckner’s


by News Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 1, 2012 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music’s faculty jazz combo, the Jazz Sultans, will perform with special guest artist Allen Beeson from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Buckner Brewing Co. in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The jazz quintet has been together since 2006 and performs bebop jazz at its finest, including a diverse collection of tunes from Duke Ellington to Sonny Rollins to Dizzy Gillespie. The group is composed of Southeast faculty members Matt Yount, piano, Robert Conger, trombone, and Jay Contrino, drums, and Southeast alumnus Sam Godwin, bass. Mike Goldsmith, tenor sax, is a faculty member at Mineral Area College who has been performing as a regular with the combo the last few years.

Beeson is a graduate of the University of Missouri and studied with trumpet teachers Purris Williams, Dr. Alex Pickard and Dr. Betty Scott. In 1984, he was introduced to west coast trumpeter Bobby Shew and began studying with him. Beeson has performed with jazz artists Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillispie, Louie Bellson, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Conte Condoli, Pete Christlieb, John Faddis, Marvin Stamm, Conrad Herwig and John Fedchock, among others. He also works regularly with the Jim Widner Big Band and is a faculty member at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, where he teaches trumpet lessons and works with the jazz combos and big bands. Beeson has worked with several well-known entertainers, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Jack Jones, Frank Gorshin, John Davidson, The Four Tops, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys, and Manhattan Transfer. Beeson is a Yamaha Performing Artist and can also be heard with the Southeast Jazz Ensemble in their Gala Jazz Festival Concert Feb. 10 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

“Our audience at Buckner’s is quite diverse, but they are very enthusiastic about listening to jazz in Cape Girardeau. The Sultans feature our guest artists from our Jazz Festival every February, and we always have a big crowd of excited listeners,” Conger said.

Admission to the performance is free, and all are welcome to attend. The Buckner Brewing Company will be smoke-free during this performance.

For more information, contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.