CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 14, 2016 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present its final 2015-2016 Jazz Series season event, “Spring Jazz Extravaganza,” on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
This exciting concert will feature the department’s two jazz ensembles comprised of students from Southeast.
The concert will open with the Jazz Lab Band which will play an assortment of jazz styles, from “Blue Monk” written by jazz great Thelonious Monk to the jazz standard “Doxy” by Sonny Rollins.
“This is the younger group, but they play with plenty of energy and excitement,” said Robert Conger, Southeast professor of music.
Featured performers in this ensemble include Sydney Reynolds of St. Louis, Missouri, (piano); Correy Smotherson of University City, Missouri, (trumpet); Bill Reed of Festus, Missouri, (trombone); Chris Spivey of Bertrand, Missouri, (trombone); and Michael Frangello of Carterville, Missouri, (baritone sax). Jazz vocalist, Lindsey Grojean of Chaffee, Missouri, also will be featured on the tune, “Nice and Easy,” made popular by the great Frank Sinatra.
Southeast’s premiere jazz band, the Studio Jazz Ensemble recently performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago and were praised by the judging panel which singled out four Southeast students for special individual performance awards: Dustin Haigler of De Soto, Missouri; Steven Watkins of Oak Ridge, Missouri; Matt Flanagan of Cape Girardeau; and Trey Moss of Jackson, Missouri.
In the upcoming concert, 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 “Critic’s Choice” from the Buddy Rich library, “What You Dealin’ With?” from the great Wycliffe Gordon and “Minnie The Moocher” sung by the talented Grojean. Highlighted student soloists include Walter Wright of Cape Girardeau, (tenor sax); Jon Allgeyer of Pevely, Missouri, (trumpet); Flanagan (trombone); Haigler (piano); Kris Spala of Jackson, Missouri, (drumset); and Nick Smentkowski of Cape Girardeau (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 or online at RiverCampusEvents.com. For more information, contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.