The 18-piece Frostburg State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Bauman, will present its Spring Concert on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Pealer Recital Hall of the FSU Performing Arts Center.
The program opens with "Six by Six," a solid blues number with solos by Albert DeFusco on trumpet and Jonas Amoonarquah on trombone. Next is "On The Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady," which has solos by Stephanie Carroll on alto saxophone and Stephen Carmona on trumpet.
The concert continues with "Ancora Non So," an original song by visiting Italian music professor, Luigi Verdi. Dr. Verdi will sing the vocal solo and Micah Socks will play a tenor saxophone solo. "As We Speak," a bossa nova, will feature Jesse Topper on piano, Chris Alexander on guitar and Stephanie Carroll on alto saxophone.
The first half concludes with an intriguing contemporary swing composition, "Rivers." Solos are by Stephanie Carroll, alto saxophone; Stephen Carmona, trumpet; Jeff Ward, drums; Janee Johnson, baritone saxophone; Micah Socks, tenor saxophone; and Chris Alexander, guitar.
After intermission, the jazz ensemble begins with "Blues For Bubber," a tribute to the sound of the early Duke Ellington orchestra. Stevyn Carmona, trumpet; Janee Johnson, baritone saxophone; Jesse Topper, piano; and Stephanie Carroll, alto saxophone have solos.
For the first time in the history of the Jazz Ensemble, The Jazz Singers, a nine-member vocal group, will join the jazz ensemble to sing "Over The Rainbow" and "Lullaby of Broadway."
Next is "Two Seconds To Midnight." This contemporary funk selection has solos by Brent Paris on trombone and Chris Alexander on guitar. The concert concludes with a rock tune, "Circular Triangle." Laurence Brunner, trumpet; Brent Paris, trombone; Nathan Royer, bass; and Jeff Ward, drums, have solos.
The FSU Jazz Ensemble concert is free and open to the public; the program is suitable for the entire family. For more information, call the Music Department at (301) 687-4109.
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