PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m., Oct. 8, in Kimbrough Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
VOJAZZ, under its new director and faculty member Jennifer Scovell, will open the program. Scovell is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she was an assistant director of the famed Gold Company jazz choir. She is a featured vocal soloist on recordings released by Hal Leonard publishing company, and has performed extensively throughout the Midwest.
VOJAZZ will perform “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Joy,” “Twinkle, Twinkle,” and the Gershwin classic, “Summertime.” Solo vocalists include Shon Parker, Kelli Legg, Sparky LaPlante, Megan Gumke, Mark Hansen, Jaime Miller and Jessica Abbott and pianist Spencer Morris.
The Jazz Big Band, directed by WSU Coordinator of Jazz Studies Greg Yasinitsky, will perform Bill Liston’s “Movin’ On,” the Thad Jones classic, “Quietude,” and Chick Corea’s fusion-era favorite “500 Miles High.” The band will also play Yasinitsky’s new composition, “Packin’ Heat,” and the director’s arrangements of the Irving Berlin standards, “They Say It’s Wonderful” and “Blue Skies.”
Soloists include trumpeter Matt Reid, a winner in the 2002 International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Competition, pianist David Servias, bassist Jesse Hadley, trumpeter Brendan McMurphy, drummer Scott Tenhulzen and saxophonists Scott Ryckman, Jason Larsen, Junior Tupai and Malcolm Lewis.
For more information, contact Yasinitsky at the School of Music and Theatre Arts at (509) 335-4244.