||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I
Presents Fall Concert
MAILED: Nov. 21, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, conducted by Robert J. Baca, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.
The first piece, "Cotton Tail" by Duke Ellington, was arranged in a new, fresh way by University of Miami composer Gary Lindsay. It will feature the talents of Clay Pufahl, Rothschild, on tenor saxophone; Jamey Simmons, Milwaukee, on trumpet; Kyle Newmaster, White Bear Lake, Minn., on trumpet; and Jason Craft, New Berlin, on piano.
Straight from the Grammy-winning Joe Henderson Big Band album comes "Recordame" by J. Henderson, arranged by Mike Mossman.
This is a beautiful Bossa Nova featuring Clay Pufahl, tenor saxophone, and Nic Poss, Eau Claire, on piano.
"Kristyn and Kandice at the Mall," another piece to be performed, was arranged by Dominic Spera, and is a crowd pleaser about Spera's grandchildren's excursions in the mall. This piece features Matt Pevic, alto saxophone.
Kjos Publishing's top writer, Dean Sorenson, prepared a piece specially for Jazz Ensemble I and this concert. In "First Born," Sorenson shares his musical thoughts about his first-born child. Performing it will be Gene Powers, Kenosha, on the alto saxophone, Jason Craft, piano, and Eric Christianson, Greendale, on tenor saxophone.
"Le Sucrier Velour" by Duke Ellington will come to the concert with Jason Craft on piano, and Tim Oas, Madison, on bass.
"This is a haunting piano and bass alone melody from the master of melodies, Duke Ellington, and shows the stunning creative ability of Jason Craft," Baca said.
Another piece special to Jazz Ensemble I is "Ballad for PJ," written by and featuring ensemble member Jamey Simmons. It's a ballad arrangement in a mature style about his new wife, PJ.
"Nobody Else But Me" by George Gershwin, and "Ruby's Theme" by Bill Reichenbach will feature Andrew Jaeger, Dousman, on the bass trombone. Also by Bill Reichenbach is "Fanfare, Questions and Answers," which will be performed by Tim Schutley on bass trombone.
Former Jazz Ensemble I and now Broadway drummer Larry Lelli, who resides in New York, wrote the arrangement for "Hard Wired" of the Dave Weckl Classic. It will feature Matt Pivec, alto saxophone.
Tickets are $4.75 for the public; $3.75 for ages 17 and under, 62 and over, and for faculty and staff; or $1.25 for students with UW-Eau Claire Blugold Cards. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and at the door.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 21, 1997