Jazz Combos Spring Concert Set for Friday

Posted on March 15th, 2016 by

Jazztet guitar Kevin Treb and bass Connor Dufault in concert

Jazztet guitar Kevin Treb and bass Connor Dufault in concert

The Jazz Studies program at Gustavus Adolphus College will present 5 of its jazz combos in a concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Friday, March 18. The performance, set for 7:30 p.m., will include works by 3 combos named after the great names in jazz history — Duke, Bird, and Dizzy — as well as the Gustavus Jazztet and the Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble. This performance is free and open to the public.

Director/coaches Dave Stamps and Donnie Norton have combined efforts to bring the 5 ensembles to the stage for this spring concert. Their program represents works by many of the 20th Century’s greatest composers in jazz. The program opens with the Duke Combo performing Sonny Rollins’  Sonnymoon for Two, and the “Bird” Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s collaboration Anthology. The Bird Combo is up next with Parker’s Billie’s Bounce and Rollins’ Pent-Up House. Another Rollins’ piece, Tenor Madness, opens the Dizzy Combo’s set, followed by Dizzy’s Groovin’ High.

The Gustavus Jazztet will open their 2-song set with Invasion by composer & bassist Connor Dufault. Dufault is the bassist for the ensemble and will graduate from Gustavus in May 2016. The Jazztet will conclude its set with Ray Noble’s Cherokee. Friday’s concert will conclude with the Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing (Somewhere) Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.

This Friday, March 18, concert by the combined jazz combos in the Gustavus Department of Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Tickets are not required and the event is open to the public.


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