Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra to perform April 16 at Mabel Tainter

April 11, 2014

With UW-Stout's Harvey Hall closed until late 2015 for renovations, the Jazz from Harvey concerts will have a new name for a while.

Jazz from Harvey to Mabel will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, one block from Harvey Hall on Main Street in Menomonie.

The Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Aaron M. Durst, will perform in the art center's Mabel Tainter Theater. The orchestra will be joined by the Jazz Embers combo.

Tickets are $5 and are available online, at the Service Center in the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-1122, and at the door.

The Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra

"We are looking forward to performing in such a historic and unique venue where so many great performances have been presented. This theater is a gem in the Menomonie community," Durst said. "The location may have changed, but the groups will continue to bring diverse jazz selections for an entertaining evening."

Music to be performed includes "The Jersey Bounce" and "Whisper Not" from the big band era.

Vocal classics will be sung by three students: "Just Friends" and "Mack the Knife," by Evan Herold, of Chaseburg; "My Funny Valentine," by Madi Carlson, of Osseo; and "Sway," by Cole Berglund, of Boyceville.

The band also will perform more contemporary selections including "Moanin'" by Charles Mingus, "Riverscape" by Fred Sturm and "The Jazz Police" by Gordon Goodwin.

A number of student instrumentalists will be featured in the performance, along with UW-Stout Assistant Professor Keith Wojciechowski, math, on guitar. "Jazz is a style of music that allows an individual to contribute in so many ways, as a soloist or as a section member. It has been wonderful to have Keith join us and add to the ensemble," Durst said.