The orchestra will include the Jazz Band and Jazz Embers, also directed by Durst, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Daniel Clark and accompanied by Karen Wilber on piano. The groups will present a repertoire that features a number of student soloists playing in the swing, ballad and funk styles.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the service center in the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-1122, online or at the door.
The Jazz Embers, a small group focusing on improvisation, will play standards “So What” by Miles Davis that will feature bassist Beau Janke; “Summertime” by George Gershwin with Joe Strande on flugelhorn; and “Mr. P. C.” by John Coltrane.
Joining forces, the ensemble and a combo will perform “Take Five” by Paul Desmond in honor of Dave Brubeck; and “Birdland” by Joe Zawinul.
The ensemble will perform “Tuxedo Junction” by Erskin Hawkins, William Johnson and Julian Dash; “That Cat is High” by Jay Williams; and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” by Paul Simon.
The full orchestra will take the stage to play popular selections, including an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s popular composition “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” both featuring vocalist Evan Herold. Tenor saxophonist Elsa Pedersen will be featured playing Matt Dennis’ standard “Angel Eyes.” Other favorite jazz melodies will be performed.