Jazz Combos: Traditional and Unusual
With instrumental lineups both traditional and unusual, four HSU Jazz Combos perform classic and contemporary tunes plus their own originals on Saturday April 19 at the earlier time of 7 p.m.
Quintet Tarantino has a weird name (especially since there are four of them) but a normal combo instrumental array: Aaron Laughlin on guitar, Alex Espy on keyboards, Ian Taylor on bass and and Thatcher Norton on drums. Among their offerings are “Actual Proof” by Herbie Hancock, “Stadium Jazz” by Donny McCaslin and “Space Revealed,” an original tune by Espe.
But with a unique all-reed instrument lineup, the Meantones do “La Lucce Azura” by Jessica Lurie, “Bugalu Monko” by Enrique Fernandez and Duke Ellington’s classic “Mood Indigo.” The Meantones are Kyle McInnis (alto sax), Abraham Loaiza (alto and tenor saxes), Nick Durant (tenor sax and clarinet) and Lauren Strella (baritone sax.) Kelsey Goldstein is guest vocalist.
Five Way Street is Alan Spencer (tenor sax), Josh Foster (trombone), Ryan Woempner (bass) and Kevin Amos (drums.) They play Stevie Wonder’s “Superstititon,” a tune by Alan Spencer and an original by bassist Woempner called “Fire Crayon Drawing.”
The Jazzmanian Devils play Cab Calloway’s most famous tune, “Minnie the Moocher,” as well as “Mr. PC” by John Coltrane, “Hold On Me” by Esperanza Spalding and “Zoot’s Ms. Manifesto (A Medley.)” The group’s lineup is Jessie Burns on trumpet, Craig Hull on trombone, Colten Sanchez on guitar, Bret Johnson on bass and Forrest Smith on drums. Once again Kelsey Goldstein does guest vocals.
HSU Jazz Combos perform Saturday April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $8/$5, free to HSU students with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Directed by Dan Aldag, produced by HSU Music Department.