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November 25, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s Jazz Ensemble will perform following a student composers’ recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. The recital and concert will be held in Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall, Room 126. There is no admission charge.
Student composers and other selected student performers take the stage first and the Jazz Ensemble concert begins after a brief intermission.
The ensemble is a nonet or nine-piece group featuring vocals, two saxophones, trumpet, two guitars, piano, bass and drums. The program includes several jazz and Latin standards from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s arranged by Matt Cooper, professor of music, for vocal soloist Suzy Campbell and an eight-piece combo.
Numbers include “Cry Me A River” and the ever-popular “I Cover the Waterfront.” Latin tunes include “Manha de Carnaval” by bossa nova composer Luis Bonfa and the beautiful and rarely heard “Anos Dourados” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged for the Jazz Ensemble by Tom Bergeron, saxophonist, global musician and former EOU faculty member.
On the funkier side, the group will perform “Sun Goddess,” a major hit by Earth, Wind & Fire in the 1970s; “Sister Sadie,” a 1959 hard bop chestnut from composer and pianist Horace Silver; and funky blues composed by R&B saxophonist Hank Crawford and trombonist Matthew Gee.
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