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Bassist Braun Khan to Guest at USU Big Band Concert

Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

Newly-arrived USU Caine College of the Arts assistant professor of music, Dr. Braun Khan, is featured with the USU Jazz Orchestra at the 7:30 p.m. October 11 Big Band concert at the Caine Performance Hall.

“Braun’s arrival as our professor of bass was the result of an exhaustive national search that attracted a multitude of exceptionally fine bassists,” Jon Gudmundson, director of the USU Jazz Orchestra, said. “We were knocked out by his excellent playing and exemplary teaching skills but a real bonus was the fact that is he just about the nicest guy you will ever meet. He is an exemplar of what we strive to mold our music students to become—an excellent musician who is also a good human being.”

A graduate of the highly acclaimed jazz program at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Khan is an active performer with extensive experience as a professional bassist in jazz, classical and various other musical styles. Braun has performed with Howard Levy, Jeff Hamilton, Chris Potter, John Fedchock, Ball Watrous, Tamir Hendelman, Matt Wilson, Gary Smulyan, Ruben Alvarez, Greg Gisbert and Groove For Thought. He has also performed with the Cadillac and Colorado Symphony Orchestras. Khan will join the USU Jazz Orchestra to perform “Bernie’s Tune” a bass feature from the library of Stan Kenton.

Other highlights form the Jazz Orchestra’s set include Radiohead’s “There, There,” Chick Corea’s “La Fiesta,” and the Gil Evans/Miles Davis collaboration of “The Maids of Cadiz.” The Jazz Orchestra will pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with her version of “Honeysuckle Rose,” arranged by legendary music producer Quincy Jones, featuring vocalist Carolee Beck.

Greg Wheeler, director of the USU Jazz Ensemble, wants to assure the public that his band intends to party like it’s 2017! They’ll open the show with a Latin composition by Paquito D’Rivera called “Chu Cho,” followed by Sammy Nestico’s “The Plunger” and Lyle Mays’ “Sir Gawain and the Green Knights.” Vocalist Ashley Gunnell will join the group to sing an Ella Fitzgerald classic entitled “Time After Time.” The Jazz Ensemble will close the show with the Deon Sebesky funk tune “Good Medicine.”

For more information and tickets visit the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022 or go online to today.

Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte,, 435-797-9203

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