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The USU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Greg Wheeler, will perform four selections based on four completely different style of jazz. Bob Mintzer's rock-shuffle selection entitled "Mr. Funkâ" will open the show. Thereafter the band will lay back with a memorable Nestico/Basie based tune by Jim Martin entitled "The Count Is In." A powerful arrangement of Mambo Inn provides terrific jazz dissonance throughout this arrangement by Michael Mossman featuring many of the band members. The Jazz Ensemble will close the set with a classic from Super Mario 64 entitled "Bob-Omb Battlefield."

The USU Jazz Orchestra will close out the show with four selections of their own, including Bob Mintzer's tribute to the gateway through which so many immigrants came to America, Ellis Island. Michael Brecker's funky and soulful "Renaissance Man" follows, arranged by our very own jazz piano professor, Ryan Conger. Don Dimick's very Basie-esque "Tone Poem" will feature the trumpet stylings of Nik Clark, and to close, the entire saxophone feature steps out on the Maynard Ferguson Bebop Nouveau Band classic, "Cruisin' for a Bluesin."


Friday, February 26, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

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Open to students, faculty, and staff with USU ID. Students free, faculty/staff $10

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Phone: 4357978022
Email: cainecollegeofthearts@gmail.com



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