FSU's Department of Music to Present Evening of Jazz

December 5, 2017

Frostburg State University's Department of Music will present its Evening of Jazz, titled "Sway," on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 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 Orchestra, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Combo and Jazz Combo. The program will open with the FSU Jazz Orchestra, led by director Dr. Brent Weber, and will feature the music of Charles Mingus, an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop, drawing heavily from black gospel music and blues, while sometimes containing elements of Third Stream, free jazz and classical music. Tunes will include "Ecclusiastics," "Better Get Hit in Your Soul," "Fables of Faubus" and "Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming." Under the direction of Dr. James Reddan, the FSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform "Linus and Lucy," a popular jazz piano composition from the "Peanuts" animated television Christmas special, written by Vince Guaraldi and arranged by Roger Emerson; "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," arranged by Molly Ijames; "Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin, arranged by Steve Zegree; and "Sway" ("Quien sera?") by Pablo Beltran Ruiz, arranged by Kirby Shaw, a bolero-mambo that has become a standard in the pop and jazz repertoire. The FSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, consisting of Weber on saxophone, Tom Harrison on keyboards, Jim Roderick on bass and Marc Lawrence on drums, will perform music by Michael Brecker, a Grammy-winning American jazz saxophonist and composer; Jeff Lorber, an American keyboardist, composer and record producer; and more. Next, the FSU Jazz Guitar Combo, directed by Anthony Ambroso, will perform the jazz classic "Cold Duck Time" by Eddie Harris and two pieces by Freddie Hubbard - "Red Clay" from the soul/funk-influenced hard bop album of the same name recorded in 1970 and the jam tune "Povo." Last up is the FSU Jazz Combo, directed by Harrison. The group will perform classic and contemporary jazz standards by Chick Corea, an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist and composer; Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger, particularly in the hard bop style that he helped pioneer in the 1950s; and Herbie Hancock, an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and members of the military, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109. Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.