Gustavus Jazz in Concert Saturday Posted on November 12th, 2007 by

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Wright, will present their fall concert, Saturday, November 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. This is the first performance by the jazz lab band on the campus following the release of their newest cd, Taking Off, this fall. This performance is free and open to the public.

The band’s newest recording was released at a concert at Minneapolis South High School, sponsored by the Twin Cities Jazz Society and jazz radio KBEM on November 10. That concert opened with South High Jazz I under the direction of Scott Carter. In that concert, Director Steve Wright joined Carter’s ensemble as guest trumpet soloist on Pickles, a chart written by Wright. Gustavus’ alumnus Christopher Fodgerud, who has been student teaching at South High with Mr. Carter during the fall semester, led South’s Jazz I through Clifford Brown’s Daahoud.

For the November 17 concert, director Steve Wright will open with the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and Duke Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood. Among the other works on the ensemble’s program are included Ala Mode by renowned jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller and Rio Largo by composer Jeff Jarvis.

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band’s program includes works from the new cd, 500 Miles High by Chick Corea and Tom Kubis’ arrangement of Shay, Goodwin and Fisher’s jazz standard, When You’re Smiling. The program includes Cole Porter’s It’s All Right With Me, Take Two by Steve Wright and another Jeff Jarvis tune, Escape Velocity.

Saturday’s jazz concert by the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble is free and open to the public. It begins in Jussi Björling Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.


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