Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0

Contact: Dr. Ed Bingham
Marshall University Department of Music

Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0
Saturday, December 3
Smith Recital Hall
“Senior Day”

The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Ed Bingham will present its finale performance of the 2011 fall semester on December 3 at 2:00 in Smith Recital Hall. This concert will feature the music of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Radiohead Jazz Project, Stan Kenton, Bob Florence, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Gordon Goodwin.

This concert will showcase the outstanding student soloists of the ensemble. Austin Seybert, trombone and Luke Miller, bari sax will perform feature solo compositions for their respective instruments. Both Seybert and Miller were selected to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Orchestra and have been two of the most prominent improvisation artists during their time as members of the MU 12.0 Jazz Ensemble. They were members of the MU Jazz Ensemble that performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Jazz à Juan Festival in 2009.

In addition, vocalist Jennifer Billups will be featured in arrangements of Bart Howard’s ever-popular tune Fly me to the Moon, Jobim’s Desafinado and the Dianne Schuur /Count Basie version of We’ll Be Together Again. Ms. Billups was the feature vocalist for the MUJE’s appearance at the inaugural conference of the Jazz Educator’s Network in St. Louis where her performance attracted the attention of many vocal jazz professionals.

Finally, the MU Jazz Ensemble will usher in the holiday season with Stan Kenton’s medley of Christmas favorites. The ensemble adds French horns and a tuba to accomplish the rich texture that is characteristic of Kenton’s compositions.

Please note the time change (afternoon) from any earlier announcements. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.