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Jazz Ensemble II to present 'Tribute to the Great Jazz Vocalists'

RELEASED: April 15, 2010

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, will present "A Tribute to the Great Jazz Vocalists" at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will begin with Mike Barone's "Shawnee," featuring freshman Eric Schultz, Green Bay, on alto saxophone, and junior Alex Chilsen, New Richmond, on piano. Next will be "Lilani's Mirror" by Geoff Keezer, with Chilsen on piano and sophomore Addie Strei, Eau Claire, on tenor saxophone. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor by Wofgang Amadeus Mozart, with Schultz, on clarinet, will follow. The first half of the concert will conclude with Michael LaGrand's "The Summer Knows," with junior Alex Piela, Sun Prairie, on trumpet, and "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" by Duke Ellington, with Strei on tenor saxophone.

The second half of the concert will feature student vocalists inspired by such jazz legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. The group will perform "Long Gone" by W.C. Handy, arranged by UW-Eau Claire graduate Jamey Simmons; Paul Francis Webster's "Black Coffee," arranged by junior Eric Frei, La Crosse, and featuring senior Abby Bordak, Milwaukee, on vocals; and Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," arranged by senior Brandon Covelli, Racine. Next will be "As Time Goes By" by Herman Hupfeld, "Mack the Knife" by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, "Sentimental Journey" by Les Brown and "Bluesette" by Toots Theilman.

The second half also will feature lead vocals by seniors Kalah Halek, Maple Grove, Minn.; Christine Jo Alexander, East Troy; and Nels Urtel, Mankato, Minn.; and sophomore Tim Mattson, Brooklyn Park, Minn. The performance will conclude with John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

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, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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