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Jazz Ensemble I to perform Dec. 4

RELEASED: Dec. 1, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Jazz Ensemble I at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The ensemble will play Christmas music once performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra as a tribute. The orchestra, with its experimental neo-phonic orchestra sound, became the dominant big band heard on the radio and in dance halls during the 1960s and 1970s. It pushed audiences to accept more challenging music. By hiring the best musicians, Kenton made it clear that his heart was in the future of jazz, not in its past.

The concert will begin with "Three and One" by Thad Jones, featuring sophomore Joseph Niemann, Brookfield, on trumpet; junior Matt Hiel, Crystal, Minn., on trombone; and seniors Brandon Covelli, Racine, on piano; Mike Wolter, Madison, on guitar; and Corey Cunningham, Holmen, on alto saxophone. Next will be "Be Thou My Vision," arranged by alumnus Jamey Simmons and featuring senior Chris Bresette, Racine; and "Praising Kangai," by Fred Sturm, featuring Dr. Tulio Rondón, assistant professor of music, on cello.

Next will be "Moontrane" by alumnus Keith Karns, featuring senior Evan Benidt, Minneapolis, on tenor saxophone; "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller, arranged by senior Aaron Hedenstrom, St. Paul, Minn., and featuring senior vocalist Jo Alexander, East Troy; "Aboard the Karlynn" by Geoff Keezer, featuring Hedenstrom on tenor saxophone; and "Concerto to End all Concertos" by Stan Kenton. The concert will continue with senior vocalist Abby Bordak, South Milwaukee, and Alexander singing Christmas favorites such as "We Three Kings of Orient Are" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" arranged by Stan Kenton.

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, is composed of 18 student musicians. It has won several Down Beat awards and twice was nominated for Grammy Awards.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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