‘Let’s Swing’ Closes out Southeast’s 2014-2015 Jazz Series


VP-Music-JazzCAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri., April 23, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music presents its final Jazz Series event of the 2014-2015 season, “Let’s Swing,” on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

This exciting concert will feature the University’s two jazz ensembles comprised of students from Southeast.

The concert will open with the Jazz Lab Band which will play jazz in an assortment of styles, from “Splanky” written for the Count Basie Orchestra by Neal Hefti to the jazz standard “Spring Can Really Hang You Up” by Tommy Wolf.

“This is Southeast’s younger jazz group, but they play with plenty of energy and excitement,” said Robert Conger, Southeast professor of music.

Featured performers in this ensemble include Dustin Haigler (vibraphone), Jimmy Morey (sax), Bill Reed (trombone) and Alex Fuegner (sax).

Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble has recently performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, Conger said, and received these comments from the judging panel: “Great Chops!”, “Good job!” and “Ensemble was together and tight!”

In this concert, which closes our the Jazz Series, the Studio Jazz Ensemble will feature many varied jazz compositions from some of the greats in big band jazz. Highlighted in this concert will be “The Man I Love” from the Bill Holman library, “Boplicity” from the great Miles Davis, and “Teach Me Tonight” sung by the talented Marie Meunier. Highlighted student soloists include Steven Watkins (sax), Josh Whalen (sax), Matt Flanagan (trombone), Chris Whited (drumset), and Nick Smentkowski (bass).

Tickets 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., by calling (573) 651-2265. For further information, please contact Robert Conger at 651-2398.