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Feb. 11: Free band concert to feature premieres, originals

JazzBigBandSaxophones-220PULLMAN, Wash. – Premieres, originals and blues will be performed in a free, public concert by the award-winning Washington State University Jazz Big Band and the Big Band II at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Kimbrough Hall.

The premiere of the hard-driving blues, “Give It to the Bass Player,” by WSU jazz bass instructor F. David Snider, will feature Jazz Big Band bassist Matt Piatt and guitarist Clay Parkman.

The group will premiere the big-band version of “One-Two-Three” by director and Regents Professor Greg Yasinitsky. This modal blues will feature pianist Alberto Ferro, tenor saxophonist Machado Mijiga, alto saxophonist Alvin Delos Santos and drummer Chris Parkman.

The program will include “Them That’s Got,” a tune made famous by Ray Charles, as arranged by Brian Ward, WSU jazz keyboard instructor, and will feature saxophonists Delos Santos and Tom Guenther and trumpeter Adam Willey.

The band will also perform Yasinitsky’s shuffle blues, “Hangin’ High on the Flat-Five,” featuring the trumpet section; the director’s lyrical ballad, “Missing You,” featuring saxophonist Mijiga; and Tom Garling’s Latin blues piece, “And Another Thing….”

The Big Band II, under the direction of WSU School of Music graduate teaching assistant Delos Santos, will perform Yasinitsky’s arrangement of Benny Golson’s blues-oriented “Killer Joe.” It will also play famed jazz composer Horace Silver’s classic “Nica’s Dream” and Don Schaumber’s arrangement of the standard “Time After Time.”



Gregory Yasinitsky, WSU School of Music, 509-595-0839,

Alvin Delos Santos, WSU School of Music, 510-303-6481,

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