UCA Jazz Ensembles set for Oct. 15 show

The University of Central Arkansas Jazz Ensembles will be in concert Oct. 15 at Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

 

The Dixieland Band, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will perform in the 7:30 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public.

“Our jazz ensembles serve the purpose of teaching our music students about jazz, America’s only unique musical art form,” Jackie Lamar, professor of saxophone and director of the Dixieland Band said. “The style of this music has specific musical interpretations, and they learn about this class. In addition, they develop skills of improvising jazz style music over chord changes, a specific style element of jazz.”

She said the jazz ensembles are highly visible in the community and each semester they perform several concerts on campus and in the community.

“The students enjoy the audience responses to their playing,” Lamar said. “The jazz concerts are particularly popular with students in music appreciation courses.”

Program for the Dixieland Band will include the traditional New Orleans parade tune “Olympia on Parade,” “Up a Lazy River,” by Hoagy Carmichael and “Tiger Rag,” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band from 1917.

Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Gail Robertson, is set to perform “Slam Dunk,” by Lennie Niehaus, “Hobo Flats,” by Oliver Nelson, “Here’s That Rainy Day,” by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen — featuring soprano Christine Donahue — “Great Scott,” by Chris Poehler and “Crescent River Ramble,” by Erik Morales which features Brandon Short on drums.

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Larry Jones, will perform “Braggin’ N Brass,” by Duke Ellington, “Hard Sock Dance,” by Quincy Jones and Ernest Baily, “Down by the Riverside,” arranged by Oliver Nelson and “Coconut Champagne,” by Denis Diblasioons.

For more information contact Lamar at 501-450-5759 or jackiel@uca.edu.

 

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