Sultans of Swing to Perform Sept. 18



Sept. 15, 2008 – The Sultans of Swing, the faculty jazz combo from Southeast Missouri State University’s  Department of Music, a division of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, will present their first jazz jam of the year on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 7-10 p.m. at Buckner’s Brewpub in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The Sultans were organized in 2006 by Robert Conger, professor of jazz at Southeast, in conjunction with Barry Bernhardt, director of bands, Shane Mizicko, professor of percussion, and Matt Yount, collaborative pianist.  Also featured in the five-piece group is Jarred Harris, junior music major from Cape Girardeau.  The Sultans perform monthly at Buckner’s in downtown Cape for a loyal audience of jazz enthusiasts.  Frequently, the Sultans feature guest artists such as Rodney Lancaster (trombone) and Wayne Goins (guitar) who were both recent guest artists at the annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival held at Southeast.

The Sultans play the music of small group jazz, especially standards from the 20th century.  Bebop jazz was born in New York City in the 1940s and has thrived in the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, J. J. Johnson and Charlie Parker ever since that time.  The Sultans typically perform in small group fashion and feature each member of the ensemble in improvised solos throughout the performance.   Some tunes frequently heard in their concerts are “Tangerine,” “All Blues,” “Summertime,” and many other jazz standards.   This jazz jam is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.