Student Big Bands Performing ‘Basically Blues’


by News Bureau on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 13, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present its annual Jazz Series season opener, “Basically Blues” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

This exciting concert will feature a closer examination of the blues as an art form especially in the area of big band jazz.

The concert will open with the Jazz Lab Band which will play the blues in a variety of forms, from “Beantown Blues” to “Kicks and Licks.”   Featured performers in this ensemble include Ashley Lacy (piano), Ethan Flood (sax), Wes Sharp (trombone), Sam Harris (sax), Joe Stacy (guitar) and Sean Kenney (drumset).   The concert also will feature Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble, which is internationally acclaimed for their performance at the opening of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in front of more than 8,000 fans in July 2008.   This ensemble has also received many accolades from their tour of schools in the St. Louis area as well as from local concerts at the River Campus.

In this concert, the Studio Jazz Ensemble (SJE) will feature many blues oriented compositions including the Rob McConnell compostion, “The 4,379,385th Blues in Bb” which features tenor saxes, Spencer Day and Corey Easley.   In addition, the SJE will feature senior Matt Gates (trombone) on the lovely ballad, “The More I See You.”  Jim Martin’s “A Hole Lot A Blues” also will be performed with many band members stepping in front of the microphone as soloists.  Highlighted student soloists include Trevor Smith (sax), Nathan Scheffler (trombone), Tim Hanak (piano), Chris Whited (drumset), Kyle Clay (bass) and Cedric Portis (drumset).

Tickets are Now on Sale

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