‘The Big Bands Are Back!’ Features Southeast Missouri Jazz Ensembles on First Jazz Series Event


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 14, 2010 – The first Southeast Jazz Series event of the school year will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Featured performers will be both jazz ensembles of the University led by Dr. Robert Conger, associate professor in the Department of Music.

The theme of this event is music of famous big bands of yesterday and today. Also featured will be pre-concert music by a jazz quintet made up of Nate Nall (trumpet), Spencer Day (tenor sax), Chris Whited (drums), Jason Heeter (bass) and Bryndon Lee (guitar).

Big band music has been an American favorite since the swing era in the 1930s. From the second half of the 20th century, the big band has evolved into a 17-member ensemble with saxophones, trombones and trumpets in the wind section, and piano, guitar, bass and drums in the rhythm section.

The Studio Jazz Ensemble will play big band arrangements by the Count Basie Orchestra (1960s), Buddy Rich Big Band (1960s-1970s), and the Gordon Goodwin ‘Big Phat Band’ (1990-2000s). Featured performers will be student members of the ensemble including Matt Gates (trombone), David Shatz (trumpet), Trevor Smith (alto sax) and Geoff Huff (alto sax).

The Southeast Jazz Lab band also will perform big band classics by the Buddy Rich Big Band (1960s-1970s) including “Mercy, Mercy” written by jazz great Joe Zawinul. Featured performers with the Lab band will be Sam Harris (alto sax), Rachel Bagot (tenor sax) and Nathan Scheffler (trombone).


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., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “jazz concert” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949. For more information, contact Conger at (573) 651-2398.