The Concert Jazz Ensemble Performs

April 4, 2018
Baylor University’s Concert Jazz Ensemble will present its final concert of the 2017-2018 season with a program on Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, which is located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The nineteen-member Concert Jazz Ensemble is led by Alex Parker, Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies and Director of the Wayne Fisher Jazz Program at Baylor University.
Opening the program will be “Grove Merchant” by the legendary American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, Thad Jones.
Then the Concert Jazz Ensemble will perform Dee Barton’s “Waltz of the Prophets,” which was a big hit by bandleader and arranger Stan Kenton.
Also to be heard are “Spring Season” by Matt Harris and Kris Berg’s arrangement of “The Chicken” by Alfred James Ellis. The latter will be directed by Baylor Jazz Teaching Assistant Austin Crumrine, a graduate student from Lake Jackson, Texas.
After a break for intermission, the Concert Jazz Ensemble will return to the stage for a performance of “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue” from 1927. The tune was written as an instrumental solo by Lillian Nobles, who was the wife and pianist of Louis Armstrong. Fourteen years later, Don Raye added words to the tune, and Satchmo made a memorable recording.
Alan Baylock’s “Two Seconds to Midnight” comes next, followed by “Kayak” by Kenny Wheeler.
The program will close with “The Southeast Sixstep” by Eric Richards.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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