The WSU Jazz Big Band
PULLMAN, Wash. – The first concert of the year featuring the award-winning Washington State University jazz ensembles will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Kimbrough Hall.
The free, public concert will open with VoJazz directed by Dean Luethi, assistant professor of music. The group will perform the traditional Irish air and reel, “Dobbin’s Flowery Vale;” the Kaempfert and Gabler favorite, “L-O-V-E,” popularized by Nat King Cole; Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin’;” Dennis and Brent’s “Angel Eyes,” with vocalist Kylie Booher as soloist; and Kirby Shaw’s arrangement of the Bobby McFerrin tune, “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”
The set will conclude with the New York Voices arrangement of “Open Invitation” and Randy Crenshaw’s arrangement of Toto tune “Africa.”
The Jazz Big Band, directed by Greg Yasinitsky, director of the School of Music and Regents professor, will perform his hard swinging blues, “Five Spot,” an arrangement of Joe Jackson’s Latin jazz theme for the short-lived 1980s television series, “Private Eye.” The band will also perform his new, up-tempo arrangement of the classic standard, “Indiana.”
Concert soloists will include pianist Charles Wicklander, trumpeter Noah Austin, drummer Paul Davis and saxophonists Jonathan Urmenita, Matt Lanka and David Erickson.