Concert Jazz Ensemble
The Concert Jazz Ensemble is led by Alex Parker, Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies and Director of the Wayne Fisher Jazz Program at Baylor University.
The concert will open with “Potato Head Blues” by Louis Armstrong, in a transcription by Don Vappie, followed by the David Berger/Dylan Caterbury transcription of Billy Strayhorn’s “Boo-Dah.”
Other instrumentals to be heard on the program are the Duke Ellington arrangement of his son Mercer Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be,” Sammy Nestico’s setting of “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” by Count Basie and Jon Hendricks, and “Can’t We Be Friends?” by Thad Jones.
Two vocals come next, with Arlington senior Jillian Moore singing “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald and Al Feldman and then Billy May’s arrangement of “Get Happy” by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen.
Closing the program will be Mark Taylor’s arrangement of “Salt Peanuts” by Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Clarke, followed by the Mike Tomaro setting of “Manteca” by Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Fuller, and Luciano Pozo Gonzales.
Admission is free.