Friday, April 12, 2013

Ryan Woempner, Aaron Katz, Jake Skrbina and Nicholas Durant of “Twice Around the Thing.”

All That Jazz in Two Shows at HSU

 Offering everything from mainstream standards to funk and postmodern blends, five HSU Jazz Combos perform two shows of small group jazz at Fulkerson Recital Hall on Friday April 12. 

 The shows begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with three bands in one show and two bands in the other.

 Twice Around The Thing plays mainstream standards (including “All of Me”) and an original tune, with Nick Durant on tenor sax, Jake Skrbina on guitar, Ryan Woempner on bass and Aaron Katz on drums.

 La Musique Diabolique performs Gypsy jazz in the Django Reinhardt tradition. This quintet is Drew McGowan (violin,) Dan Fair and Kris Lang (guitars) and Steve Workman on bass.

 Operation: Rhythmic Tornado is the largest group, blending jazz, rock and funk with Justin Bertolini (trumpet), Josh Foster (trombone), Aaron Laughlin (guitar), Alex Espe (piano), Ian Taylor (bass) and Thatcher Holvick-Norton (drums.) 

 Matt Engleman’s Musical Man Family Friendly Gang Band mixes jazz tradition with postmodern deconstruction. Matt Engleman (bass,) Nev Mattison (vibes and tenor pan,) Jason Hall (guitar) and Tyler Burkhart (drums) are the players. 

  The No-Chordtet of Lauren Strella (baritone sax,) Ari Davie (trumpet,) Craig Hall (trombone,) Steven Workman (bass) and Kevin Amos (drums) plays acoustic jazz. Their name comes from their uniquely open sound, since they do without a “chording” instrument such as guitar or piano.

 These HSU Jazz Combos perform on Friday April 12 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets: $7/$3/free to HSU students with i.d. from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Directed by Dan Aldag, produced by the HSU Music Department. 

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

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