Jazz musicians from six of West Virginia University jazz program’s many ensembles will perform on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre inside the Creative Arts Center.
Conducted by Paul Scea, music professor and director of jazz studies, and WVU student Greg Thurman, the concert will feature WVU Big Band, Little Big Band, Vanilla Fish, Wood Trio, Latin Jazz Band and Organ Meat.
“The Big Band will be primarily playing arrangements of famous jazz compositions from the 1960s,” Scea said.
“The other ensembles will have a more contemporary focus,” he added, while pointing out that nine of the 11 selections on the program were written or arranged by WVU students.
The program is as follows:
WVU Big Band – “The Last Reader” by Charles Ives; “Never Say Yes” by Nat Adderley; “Black Nile” by Wayne Shorter; “Time Remembered” by Bill Evans; and “Emancipation Blues” by Oliver Nelson
Little Big Band – “Brooklyn” by Youngblood Brass Band
Vanilla Fish – “If Only” by WVU student Greg Thurman
Wood Trio – “Improvisation #46” by WVU students John Posey, Colin Wood and Jack Rago
Latin Jazz Band – “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” traditional spiritual and “Lo Que Va A Pasar” by Chucho Valdes
Organ Meat – “No Stairway” by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
WVU music students performing include Perry Williams, Colin Wood, Chris Mickel, Bryce Jacobson, Travis Klein, Ken Johnson, Jeremy Ridenour, Timothy Ridenour, James Haynes, Garrett Manor, Brandon Barr, Andy Grindle, Steven Auten, Jesse McBee, Diego Lyra, John Posey, Greg Thurman, Jack Rago, Josh Garrett, Eric Lawson, Lily Tan, James Rushin, Brad Bell and Colin McBride.
For tickets and information, contact the WVU Mountainlair and CAC Box Offices at (304) 293-SHOW.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu