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UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble II
to Perform 'Tonight Show' Band Tribute

RELEASED: Nov. 9, 2007

A special guest performance by the Chippewa Falls High School 10:30 Jam Jazz Ensemble will begin at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 15 before the Jazz Ensemble II program.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble II will present "Heeere's Johnny: A Tribute to the 'Tonight Show' Band" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Jazz II, directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, will open with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "The Song Is You," featuring sophomore John Uhrich, Eagan, Minn., on alto saxophone. Next will be Jim McNeely's "Lickety Split" featuring senior Theresa Soules, Menomonie, on baritone saxophone, and freshman Shane McLaughlin, Eau Claire, on bass. Following will be "Sky Blue" by Maria Schneider, featuring junior Brian Handeland, Minneapolis, on soprano saxophone, and Tito Puente's "Oye Com Va," featuring sophomore Bryce Bielec, Burnsville, Minn., on trombone; sophomore Alex Chilsen, New Richmond, on piano; sophomore Dan Calderon, Culver City, Calif., on tenor saxophone; senior Chris Bresette, Racine, on trumpet; and sophomores Dave Power, Eau Claire, and Abby Frederick, Green Bay, on drums. The final selection of the first set will be "Silver Celebration" by John Clayton, featuring junior Kyle Siegrist, Green Bay, on trombone; sophomore Stuart Wallace, Bloomington Ill., on trumpet; and senior Corey Cunningham, Holmen, on tenor saxophone.

The second half of the concert will feature the music of Bill Holeman, opening with HoneySuckle Rose," with Cunningham on tenor saxophone, and "Just Friends," with Siegrist and sophomore Andy Bader, Green Bay, on trombones; Chilsen on piano; junior Heather Patton, Green Bay, on trumpet; McLaughlin on bass; and Uhrich on alto saxophone. Next will be "Serenade in Blue," featuring Bresette on trumpet. The concert will conclude with Holeman's "The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise."

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $4 for the general public; $3 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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