Friday, November 13, 2009

From Samba to “Superfly”: Jazz Combos in Concert

“The program is diverse and true to the mercurial nature of jazz,” said Shao Way Wu, director of this year’s Jazz Combos. Five small ensembles will perform tunes in a range of styles, including swing, Latin, hard bop, funk and both early and modern jazz, as well as original compositions.

For example, The Peanut Gallery Quartet (led by guitarist Clayton Bennet) will play the bop classic “Airegin” by Sonny Rollins, and The Austin Power Trio (led by guitarist Colin Gaddie) will offer “La Samba” by Ray Obiedo.

Led by drummer Brett Huska, The Slippery Society will do a set of New Orleans style early jazz. The Bird Like Quintet, a co-op band with two horns, performs the bluesy “Cornbread” by Lee Morgan, and the funk combo Watermelonperson plays the 70s hit, “Superfly.”

The HSU Jazz Combos perform on Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $7 general, $3 students/seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Free to HSU students with ID.

Media: Humboldt State Now, North Coast Journal, Arcata Eye.

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