Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Full Night of HSU Jazz Combos

 It’s a full night of small group classic jazz and originals as two different sets of HSU Jazz Combos perform in separate shows on Saturday November 16 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall. 

The 8 p.m. show features three combos. Among the tunes played by the Wednesday Quintet are the theme song to the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” with vocalist Sandy Lindop, and “Remember,” an original by the group’s guitarist, Alex Diaz. Other players are Lauren Strella (sax), Craig Hull (trombone), Bret Johnson (bass) and Steve Eitzen (drums.) 

 The Friday Sextet has the unusual lineup of trumpet (Monica Dekat), flute and steel pan (Ahtziri Ramirez), piano (Sandy Lindop), vibes (Nev Mattinson), bass (Matt Engleman) and drums (Jake Hauk.) Among their offerings are “Two for One” by the Skatalites and the New Orleans favorite “St. James Infirmary.” 

 Also in the early show is the Monday Quintet: Ari Davie on trumpet, Nick Durant on tenor sax and clarinet, Alex Espe on piano, Ian Taylor on bass and Kevin Amos on drums. They will play Chick Corea’s “Captain Marvel” and Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” 

 Two combos will perform the 10 p.m. show: the Friday Quintet and Bossa Continuo. The quintet of Kyle McInnis (alto sax), Josh Foster (trombone), Kris Lang (guitar), Ryan Woempner (bass) and Forrest Smith (drums) will play “Nica’s Dream” by Horace Silver and “Schnell!” by band member Kyle McInnis, among other tunes.

 Bossa Continuo (Erin Laetz on flute and sax, Tyler Burkhart on vibes, Matt Engleman on bass and Thatcher Holvick-Norton on percussion) plays an all-Latin jazz set. Vocalist Jo Kuzelka and guitarist Kris Lang join them for one number, and the group leads the evening’s grand finale: a Tito Puente tune that features all the horn players from all five combos.

 Tickets are $8/5 and free to HSU students with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. More information at Jazz Combos are directed by Dan Aldag, the shows produced by the HSU Music Department.

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