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Newberry College- Jazz Big Band Winter Concert to be held Nov. 29th

November 21, 2011

NEWBERRY, SC- The Jazz Big Band, a very popular ensemble from the college’s Department of Music, under the direction of Bill Long, Director of Bands at Newberry College, will present their Winter concert on the campus of Newberry College in Wiles Chapel on Tuesday, November 29th at 8:00 p.m.

The Jazz Big Band will be performing standard jazz literature from the swing era to be-bop and rock and roll. New jazz vocalist, Kasey Stuart, will be featured singing the World War II standard, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”, Richard Rogers’ “Bewitched”, and the swinger, “Relax Max”. Trumpeters, Will O’Dell and Joey Finley will be soloing on Miles Davis’ “Round Midnight” and Maynard Fergusons’ “Brazil”. A student composition will be presented from senior, Joseph Schroer’s “Knight Errant”. A special piece will be performed with pianist, Emmanuel Hightower and lead alto, Alisa Dunovant, collaborating on Stan Kenton’s monumental “Body and Soul”. A hilarious, new composition, will present the whole band playing quacking ducks and geese in Mark Rich’s “Free Food, Free Food”. “Prayer Meeting” and “Strong Like Bull”, a Latin chart complete the program.

In addition to performances on campus and an annual tour, the ensemble plays host to the famous Newberry College Jazz Festival, in early March 2012, and this will feature jazz saxophonist, Chris Vadala from the world-renowned Chuck Mangione band!

The Jazz Big Band Winter concert is free and open to the public, and is a part of the college’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series of events.

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