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CONTACT: Myrna Whitehead
SPC Jazz Band, Jazz Singers set to perform Tuesday
LEVELLAND – The South Plains College Jazz Band and Jazz Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 13) in the Helen DeVitt Jones Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
The SPC Jazz Band is under the direction of Dr. Bruce Keeling, Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Professor of Music; and the Jazz Singers are directed by Mr. Jon Johnson, Professor of Music.
The Jazz Band will perform a wide variety of jazz styles from swing, funk, Big Band and ballads and feature several students and Fine Arts faculty on the concert.
“I try to give everyone a chance to improvise or solo on the concert that is willing to work on the jazz changes,” Keeling said. “We also encourage our faculty members to perform for and with students. This way, the SPC students and the students we are recruiting can hear the faculty and know that they practice what we preach, and still perform all over the West Texas and New Mexico Region and beyond. The jazz band has 24 students and faculty members performing on this concert.”
The band will open with “Jive at Five,” an up-tempo swing chart by Howard Rowe. Soloists are Joseph Sena of Plainview High School, Trombone; Steve Warren of Frenship High School, Alto Sax; Josh Ochoa of Lubbock High School and Dayton Pedigo of Seminole High School, Guitar.
Chase Gilmore will be featured on Bass Trombone performing “Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of The Week” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. This song was made famous by many jazz singers, including Frank Sinatra. Gilmore is a graduate of Frenship High.
Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol’s Jazz classic “Caravan” is an incredible chart that really stretches the students’ musicianship and technique. This chart switches styles back and forth from fast swing, straight eighths, double time feel, Afro Cuban and swing. Featured soloists are Mitch Kennedy of Lubbock High, Trumpet; Lynda Reid, Professor of Music, Tenor Sax; Ebony McPherson of Lubbock High, Alto Sax; Saria Sabinas of Monterey High School, Bari Sax; Dr. John Kennedy, Instructor of Music, Trumpet; and the entire jazz band on screaming shout sections.
The band then will slow the music down to the swing standard, “The Witching Hour” by Quincy Jones. Anne Butt of New Jersey will be featured on Flugel Horn.
“Fireshaker” from Maynard Ferguson’s “Live from San Francisco” album will feature Kennedy on Trumpet. This chart, like most of Ferguson’s music, is used to show off the ridiculous high chops of jazz trumpet virtuoso.
Erroll Garner’s beautiful ballad, “Misty” will feature Reid on Tenor Sax. This lush ballad and performance will travels back to the big band sound and great tenor sax players of the jazz band dance era.
The concert will close with “AfterBurner,” funk chart by Mark Taylor. Featured soloists on this chart will be Sabinas on Bari Sax and Drew Driscoll on guitar.
The Jazz Singers are a select group of five students that perform on jazz concerts and various other community functions. Members are Holly Aiken, Janae Hatchett, Kelley Knotts, and Joshua Walters of Lubbock and Cullan Howe of Dumas.
Johnson is the director and pianist for this ensemble. They will perform: “Ragtime Medley” arranged by Liebau; “Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell; “You Made Me Love You” by Joe McCarthy and James V. Monaco; and “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring” by Bobby Traip.
A reception will follow the concert in the Fine Arts Foyer. The Art Gallery will be open before and after the concert where the audience can view our latest art show featuring the SPC Art Faculty and the permanent Post collection.
For more information, contact Keeling at (806) 716-2264.