MAILED: April 26, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Vocal Jazz Ensemble will cover a wide variety of American jazz material during its concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
Conductor Daniel Newman, associate professor of music and theatre arts, said that jazz is such a broad umbrella term so there are lots of categories to cover.
In an attempt to cover as many of these categories as possible, the eight-member group will start with the swing tune "Best Is Yet to Come" by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh.
Then the group will switch to the slow, rhythmical "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael. The group will be accompanied by a pianist, bass and drum player for this piece. Senior Kecia Peters, Wolford, N.D., will be a vocal soloist for this work.
Toward the middle of the program, the group will sing various a cappella songs, such as "Chile con Carne" by Anders Edenroth.
"This song is a little spicy and definitely a crowd pleaser," said Newman, adding the group has sung this before and has brought it back because of its popularity.
To keep with the spicy, upbeat theme the group also will sing another work by Edenroth, "Sir Duke," which was originally a Stevie Wonder song.
"Doodlin'," a blues tune by Job Hendricks, also will be featured in the program. Newman said he has the students write several blues texts as part of the class; some of these texts will be interjected in this piece.
Along the way, the group will perform a jazz waltz, a song that switches back and forth from a Latin beat to a swing beat, and a medley titled "An Evening with Dorothy Fields."
The performance will end with "Jump, Jive and Wail," which Newman arranged. For this piece Newman will be featured on the tenor saxophone, and junior Ondra Williams, Clinton, will play the piano.
"I try to tailor the concert music to the voices in the group," Newman said. "This is a good, fun group and they show a lot of personality just as the variety of selections does."
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4.75 for adults; $3.75 for those age 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty or staff with a university ID; or $1.25 for students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 2, 2000