Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rampangaea: Eliot Claasen, Tyler Burkhart, Ankush Ganapathy, Jo Kuzelka, Josh Foster, Neil Bost

HSU Combos Jazz the Depot

Four bands, three vocalists, with music ranging from gypsy jazz to post-bop and funk, classics to originals, and even an alien tune from a Star Wars bar—all in the HSU version of a relaxed and intimate jazz club, the Depot. Together it’s an evening with Jazz Combos on Saturday April 14.

The sextet Rampangaea features vocals by Jo Kuzelka on tunes with a funky emphasis from Herbie Hancock, Jesca Hoop, Gene Ammons and Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny.” Eliot Claasen plays trumpet, Josh Foster trombone, Ankush Ganapathy guitar, Neil Bost bass and Tyler Burkhart drums.

Some veteran players spice up The Flying Purple Potato Eaters and their post-bop sound with a diet high in original compositions. The group features Ari Davie on trumpet, Aber Miller on piano, Mike Cimino on bass, John Daren Thomas on drums and Claire Bent on vocals, with tunes by Cimino, Miller and Davie.

The Heptet, according to jazz professor Dan Aldag, is the “biggest and most eclectic” group on the program. Their set ranges from a jazz-interpreted show tune by Anthony Newley to an original by the group’s trumpet player Justin Bertolini. Other members are Sandy Lindop (vocals), Danny Gaon (saxophones and bassoon), Aaron Laughlin (guitar), Alex Espe (piano), Max Jones (bass) and Thatcher Holvick-Norton (drums.)

La Musique Diabolique specializes in the gypsy jazz style popularized by Django Reinhardt at the Hot Club of France. Besides tunes written or played by Reinhardt, the group applies its gypsy jazz sound to a Chick Corea tune, as well as John Williams’ “Cantina Band” from the Star Wars soundtrack. Drew McGowan plays violin, Dan Fair and Kris Lang play guitars, and Steven Workman plays bass.

Jazz Combos play the Depot on the HSU campus on Saturday April 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7/$3/free to HSU students from the HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. Directed by Dan Aldag, produced by the HSU Music Department.

Media: Arcata Eye, Humboldt State Now.

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