Pullman The WSU Jazz Festival will be presented on the WSU campus Wednesday, Nov. 14. The festival will include performances by composer and performer David Glenn accompanied by WSU faculty and alumni. Faculty members will also present clinics and school groups will perform throughout the day. All events are free and open to the public.
The gala concert will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre. It will feature guest trombonist and composer David Glenn performing with the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky. Also featured for a special selection will be WSU alum, bassist and composer Gus Kambeitz.
Additionally, the faculty group Jazz Northwest will perform featuring Jennifer Parker, vocals and piano; Yasinitsky, saxophone; Horace-Alexander Young, woodwinds; David Turnbull, trumpet; David Snider, bass; and David Jarvis, drums.
The program will begin with Jazz Northwest’s performance of “Bird of Beauty,” composed by Stevie Wonder and arranged by Horace-Alexander Young, followed by the Jazz Big Band’s presentation of “Samba De Los Gatos” composed by Mike Steinel.
Glenn will be featured with the Jazz Big Band on his own composition “National Pastime.” He will then be joined by Kambeitz for the bassist’s composition “A Cup-o-Joe.” The program will also include Glenn’s “Cheesehead” and will conclude with Bob Curnow’s new composition “Paprika.”
The festival will feature school groups from throughout the Northwest performing in Kimbrough Concert Hall 7:50-11:30 a.m. and 2-5:20 p.m. Jensen and WSU faculty members will also present clinics throughout the day.
The WSU Jazz Festival is supported by the WSU School of Music and Theatre Arts, and the WSU Jazz Society.