Jazz concert features VOJAZZ, Jazz Big Band

The Washington State University Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble will perform in concert 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Kimbrough Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will open with VOJAZZ with their new director Jennifer Scovell. Scovell is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she was an assistant director of the famed Gold Company jazz choir. She is featured as a soloist on recordings released by the 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.” Soloists will include vocalists Shon Parker, Kelli Legg, Sparky LaPlante, Megan Gumke, Mark Hansen, Jaime Miller, 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,” 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 will include trumpeter Matt Reid, a winner in the 2002 International Trumpet Guild#s Jazz Competition, pianist David Servias, bassist Jesse Hadley, trumpeter Brandon McMurphy, drummer Scott Tenhulzen and saxophonists Scott Ryckman, Jason Larsen, Jr. Tupai and Malcolm Lewis.

The concert is free of charge and the public is invited.

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