Baylor's Concert Jazz Ensemble in Virtual Concert

November 16, 2020
The Baylor University Concert Jazz Ensemble’s second concert of 2020-2021 will be presented without an in-person audience, but viewers at home will be able to see the performance by going to the School of Music website for an online livestreaming opportunity. This concert will take place on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 18-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.
The concert will open with a performance of Sammy Nestico’s “Switch in Time” from 1968. The Count Basie Orchestra premiered this classic piece on its album Basie - Straight Ahead.
Next will come the Les Hooper setting of “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis, on whose Kind of Blue album it first appeared in 1959.
Also to be heard is “Emily” by Johnny Mandel, as arranged by Les Hooper. This served as the title song in the 1964 film The Americanization of Emily, starring Julie Andrews and James Garner. Soon thereafter, Mandel’s composition acquired lyrics by his regular writing partner, Johnny Mercer.
Closing the program will be Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” as arranged by Gordon Goodwin. Ellington wrote this pop standard in 1944, and it became a big hit the following year on three separate recordings: Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots, Kitty Kallen with Harry James and his Orchestra, and Joya Sherrill with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
This live concert will be streamed from the stage of Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. To join the virtual audience, simply visit the School of Music website by clicking here.
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