MANSFIELD, PA--The MU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Michael Galloway, will present a concert of big band jazz on Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. in Steadman Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will include a selection of popular standards and straight ahead jazz tunes.
The Sigmund Romberg tune, Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, has become a staple of the jazz repertoire. Dave Wolpe's arrangement will feature the band's outstanding pianist, Hanako Henty.
“The Miles Davis album Kind of Blue is one of the most significant jazz recordings of all time,” Galloway said. “So What is probably the most famous Davis tune from that historic album. Dave Barduhn has penned a fantastic big band arrangement based on that original recording which features the trombone section of the band.”
Trumpeter Nick Goldkranz gets the solo spot in the Sammy Nestico arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's classic Chelsea Bridge.
And, as is often the case, the band has invited three vocalists to join them for the concert.
Brandon Russell will sing Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jared Miller is featured in a hard driving and cleaver Eric Richards arrangement of Blue Moon and Heather Sitek will be the vocal soloist on You Can Have It, a chart recorded by Diane Shuur with the great Count Basie Band.
“The program will close with a fantastic chart from the library of Woody Herman. Bassist Corey Rader will lead the band through Tony Klatka's treatment of the Stanley Clarke tune, Bass Folk Song,” Galloway said. “This chart cranks from the first measure to the last and will be an exciting way to end the show. So join us for an exciting evening of great jazz.”
The MU Jazz Ensemble is supported in part through student activity fees.