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Swing Fever at USU

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Come swing with the Utah State University Big Bands in their final concert of the semester Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall on USU’s Logan campus.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to feature our new trumpet professor, Dr. Max Matzen, in the concert,” said Jon Gudmundson, director of jazz studies in the Caine College of the Arts. “Although this is his first semester here, he is already making a tremendously positive impact on our music students with his excellent teaching. At this concert, the community will be able to hear that he is also a tremendous trumpet player.”

Both the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble groups will perform in the concert, with Matzen performing in three pieces. The Jazz Orchestra will perform Thunderbird, written by Ray Anthony and George Williams, Some Skunk Funk written by Randy Brecker, Central Park North by Thad Jones and Swing House by Gerry Mulligan.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform Chickenscratch by Les Hooper, As Long As I’m Singin’ by Bobby Darin, Esperanza by John LaBarbera and Boogie Stomp Shuffle by Charles Mingus. Student vocalist Betsy Nelson will be featured in As Long As I’m Singin’.

“The program is inclusive of music that is great to listen to as well as perform,” said Greg Wheeler, director of the Jazz Ensemble group and professor in the Caine College of the Arts.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office located in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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