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January 2008

Release Date: January 22, 2008

An Evening of Jazz at Angelo State

Angelo State University will host some of the top high school jazz instrumentalists from rural Central Texas at the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Region VII Honors Jazz Band Concert Saturday, Jan. 26, in the ASU Houston Harte University Center.

The concert will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open free to the public. The ASU Jazz Ensemble and the West Texas Jazz Orchestra will also perform. Freddie Mendoza, a trombonist and director of jazz studies at Texas State University, will be a guest soloist with all three bands.

Members of the Honors Jazz Band hail from Bangs, Dublin, Early, Grandview, Llano and Menard and were chosen during various regional competitions. They will be performing together for the first time at the ASU concert under the direction of Dr. John Irish, ASU associate professor of music. Their musical program will include “Narnian Dance” by Kris Berg, “Sneakers” by Rick Stitzel and “Sambamorphosis” by Earl “Buddy” Mattei. They will also be joined by Irish, Mendoza and ASU music professor Dr. Tim Bonenfant for a rendition of Lester Young’s “Lester Leaps In.”

The West Texas Jazz Orchestra is made up of area high school and junior high band directors, ASU music professors and other musicians. The group is directed by Jim Bode, band director at Irion County High School. Members will be playing musical selections by composers like Duke Ellington, Nestico and Jimmy Guiffre and will be joined by Mendoza for Count Basie’s “Jumping at the Woodside.”

The ASU Jazz Ensemble will perform “Crescent City Stomp,” “After You’ve Gone,” Weather Report’s “Birdland” and Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca.”

For more information, contact Dr. Bonenfant in the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 231.