Willamette to Host Jazz Evening

The Willamette University Music Department is offering an exciting evening of Jazz on Friday, April 27, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on Willamette's campus. Admission is free.

The program will feature Willamette University's Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Martin Behnke, and the Willamette Singers, under the direction of Dr. Wallace H. Long Jr. The program will also include student jazz combos.

The featured piece to be performed by the Jazz Ensemble is "Towednack," an extended work by Robert Curnow. This piece is described as having a "quasi Celtic" feel to it because of the Celtic-like melodies played throughout. Their performance will also include featured performances of the six senior students who are graduating from the group. These students include Luke Sales, Collin Conway, Jennifer Harding, Joleah Jung, Casey Whelan and Miles Ward.

The Willamette Singers will be featuring an arrangement of "Them There Eyes" as recorded by Diane Schuur on her In Tribute album. "Them There Eyes" was originally recorded in 1939 by Billie Holiday and has since then been recorded by master rhythm-guitarist Freddie Green, and Jazz great Duke Ellington. Other songs to be performed by the Willamette Singers will include "That Old Black Magic" arranged by Kirby Shaw and "Farmer"s Market" arranged by Dave Cazier. Graduating seniors performing in their last Singer"s concert are Jeffrey Baker and Katie Ray.

For more information, contact the Music Office in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University at 503-370-6255.