PULLMAN, Wash. — Jazz Northwest, the Washington State University faculty jazz ensemble, will be heard in concert at WSU Oct. 30. The 8 p.m. program is planned at Kimbrough Concert Hall and open to the public without charge.
The group includes vocalist Jennifer Scovell, woodwind artist Greg Yasinitsky, woodwind artist and vocalist Horace Alexander Young, trumpeter David Turnbull, keyboard artist Charles Argersinger, percussionist Dave Jarvis and bassist David Snider. The concert will also include a guest appearance by WSU cello instructor Bud Zenzen.
Individually, members of Jazz Northwest have performed with the top figures in jazz including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Abdullah Ibrahim, McCoy Tyner, Jon Faddis and many others. Jazz Northwest recently performed at Seattle’s Experience Music Project and regularly appears at festivals, conferences and schools throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The program will include original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards created especially for Jazz Northwest by members of the group. Featured will be Scovell’s new song, “The Reason Why,” and Young’s arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Bird of Beauty,” which will highlight the group’s two vocalists. Argersinger contributed two arrangements to the program: a setting of Burke and Van Heusen’s “It Could Happen to You,” featuring vocalist Scovell and vibist Jarvis, and Edu Lobo’s “Just to Say Goodbye,” which will feature guest cellist Zenzen.
“Truth Be Told,” an original composition by Argersinger, will also be performed as will “Samba for the Children,” composed by Jarvis, and “Atomic Clock,” “Charlie’s Tune” and “The Big T,” composed by Yasinitsky.