The Frostburg State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Bauman, will perform its fall concert Friday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall on the FSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
"Gorilla Man Blues," a swinging Count Basie-style shuffle opens the concert. After the featured solos by Stevyn Carmona on trumpet and Erin Frankenberry on tenor saxophone, the band will gradually build to a shout chorus. Laurence Bruner will be featured with a flugelhorn solo in the quiet Sammy Nestico ballad, "Satin 'n Glass."
The trombone section, the "Fabulous Four," is featured next, with the 1940 jazz classic, "How High the Moon." The first half ends with an ultra funky version of the classic rhythm and blues tune from the '60s, "Knock on Wood." It features Frankenberry on tenor saxophone, Chris Alexander on guitar and the powerful jazz ensemble.
After intermission, the 18-piece big band will play "Hot It Up," a swinging composition based on the street beat feel popularized a century ago by the marching bands of New Orleans. Vocalist Lisa Wenzel is featured next with the ever-popular 1953 ballad, "Teach Me Tonight."
The concert continues with "Switching Gears," an exciting swing chart featuring Albert DeFusco on trumpet, Frankenberry on tenor saxophone and the saxophone section. Returning to one of today's musical styles, the band will play a funk tune, "Pure and Simple," featuring solos by Carmona and Bruner on trumpets, Jonas Armoonarquah on trombone, Nathan Royer on bass and Jeff Ward on drums. "God Bless the U.S.A." will conclude the program.
For more information, contact the FSU Music Department at (301) 687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.
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