Jazz Ensemble concert set for March 13



Contact: Dr. Jackie Lamar, (501) 450-5763, jackiel@uca.edu

February 22, 2013


By Paige Turner

College of Fine Arts and Communication

CONWAY —The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music will host its second jazz ensemble concert of the spring on Wednesday, March 13, at the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

The 7:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature three of UCA’s student bands: Dixieland, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II. The UCA Dixieland Band, conducted by Dr. Jackie Lamar, professor of saxophone, will open the concert with three songs from the 1930s New Orleans-style jazz era. Lamar said the band would play “High Society”, “I Never Knew”, and “Livery Stable Blues”.

The concert will continue with Jazz Ensemble II, conducted by Christian Carichner, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium, which will play big band classics, and Jazz Ensemble I, conducted by Larry Jones, assistant professor of trumpet. The Jazz I performance will include contemporary pieces “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones, “Midnight Freight” by Sammy Nestico, “It Might as Well be Spring” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Samba de Rolllins” by Don Menza and “Don’t Get Caught” by Brian Rhodes.

Lamar said both the audience and students within each band would benefit from the concert.

“Our primary objective with our students is to give them a foundation of jazz performance skills and have them perform jazz pieces that are characteristic to key time periods,” Lamar said. “We are always trying to teach our students how to improve as musicians.”

She projected the concert would be a successful one with a wide variety of audience members and musical selections.

“We always have a very mixed audience in terms of age, and a lot of our listeners in the audience grew up hearing the type of music we play,” Lamar said. “We always hope to have a successful performance and we also hope that the audience is enjoying what they are hearing.”

For more information, contact Lamar at (501) 450-5763 or jackiel@uca.edu.