FSU Jazz Combos Recital

FSU’s Department of Music to Present Jazz Combos in Fall Concert

Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present its Jazz Combos Fall Concert on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The program will feature the FSU Jazz Combo and the FSU Jazz Guitar Combo in a performance of great jazz standards and outstanding works.

The program will open with the FSU Jazz Combo, directed by Tom Harrison, performing “Speak No Evil” by Wayne Shorter, a piece that is closer to hard bop but still feels post-bop and avant-garde.

The next selection is “Samba for Carmen” by Paquito D’Rivera, a Cuban-born American saxophonist, clarinetist and composer who plays and composes jazz and classical music.

The combo will then perform “Jericho” by Mirto Dorcil, a medium swing tune based on the biblical story of Jericho. Dorcil is an FSU music performance major.

After this comes “My Funny Valentine,” a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical “Babes in Arms.” The song became a popular jazz standard, appearing on more than 1,300 albums performed by more than 600 artists. In 2015, it was inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.

Next up is “Donna Lee,” a bebop jazz standard attributed to Charlie Parker, although Miles Davis has also claimed authorship. “Donna Lee” is a very complex, fast-moving piece. Then, “Sister Cheryl” by Tony Williams offers a whole new concept of jazz drums played around what has been described as “controlled chaos.”

“Four on Six,” a standard written by Wes Montgomery in 1960 and his most famous self-penned tune, refers to a 4/4 rhythm superimposed over a rhythm of 6/8.

The FSU Jazz Combo will end its program with “Bolivia” by American hard bop jazz pianist Cedar Walton, a jazz standard and perhaps his best-known composition.

Jazz Combo members are Caitlyn Rund on alto saxophone, Hanna Livingston on the trumpet and violin, Dorcil on piano, Grant Stryckning and Corey Snowden on guitars and Ryan Barber on drums.

Next, the FSU Jazz Guitar Combo, directed by Anthony Ambroso, will start with “Sonnymoon for Two,” where the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins takes a simple melodic phrase and twists it so many ways that it sounds like a musical pretzel.

This will be followed by “All Blues,” a jazz composition by Miles Davis that first appeared on the influential 1959 album “Kind of Blue,” and “I’ll Remember April,” a popular song and jazz standard written by Gene de Paul, with lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye, that made its debut in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy “Ride ’Em Cowboy.”

The Jazz Guitar Combo will end with “Happy People” by Kenny Garrett, which demonstrates the respected saxophonist’s ability to create a solid, richly varied collection. This eclectic, multilayered offering reflects Garrett’s wide-ranging sources of inspiration, including his long-held fascination with Far Eastern music.

The Jazz Guitar Combo consists of Stryckning on guitar, DeAndre Cook on trombone, Garret Spence on bass and Blaine Becker on drums.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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Music, Performance, Recital


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Theresa Skidmore

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Free and open to the public