March 31, 2008
“Three Views of the Contemporary Big Band” at Webster University
The Webster University Big Band presents “Three Views of the Contemporary Big Band.” The Big Band has proven to be a viable and durable genre since it’s inception in the 1920’s. The Webster University Big Band, under the direction of James A. Martin, will present a concert featuring two outstanding bands for a concert of fresh approaches to composing for a Big Band.
Christopher Braig will direct the phenomenal Fort Zumwalt West High School Jazz Band in a ‘head arrangement’ (i.e., no sheet music) of “All the Things You Are’’ based on their arrangement of an unaccompanied solo by Chris Potter. He then directs the eight musicians of the Webster University Mini Big Band in new arrangements by the musicians for “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Stolen Moments.”
The evening concludes with two new arrangements by current Webster University music students Paul Shanker (“Serenity”) and Keith Moyer (“Skylark”). Also featured will be “Life is Ever Changing” and “Sergio” by Kim Portnoy, director of the composition program, and “Green Piece” by New York composer Maria Schneider. Vocalist Hannah McDonald will join the band for the modern classic by Chick Corea “500 Miles High.”
Proceeds from this concert benefit the DONALD O. DAVIS MEMORIAL JAZZ SCHOLARSHP, which was established by Mr. Davis’ family and friends to honor his love of jazz and commitment to helping students pursue their dreams.
Monday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave.
$10 at the door, students free with valid identification
Call the Fine Arts Hotline, 968-7128