Enjoy an Evening of Jazz at Whitney Center for the Arts


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Claire Barnes, Writer/Editor (307) 675-0416, cbarnes@sheridan.edu

Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m., free and open to the public

The first Sheridan College Jazz Concert of 2018 will be Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts. The evening’s program features the SC Jazztet, Sheridan College’s student jazz combo, and the SC Jazz Ensemble, Sheridan College’s jazz orchestra. The audience will enjoy musical styles ranging from African-influenced jazz to contemporary funk to calypso to Brazilian baiao to swing from the Great American Songbook. This event is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. The SC Jazztet will perform a student arrangement of Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue”, a contemporary funk treatment of Richard Rodgers jazz standard “My Funny Valentine”, and Sonny Rollin’s calypso jazz composition “St. Thomas”.

Then the SC Jazz Ensemble will take the stage to perform Juan Tizol’s “Perdido”; the Wyoming premiere of Dr. Eric Richards’ new arrangement of “Ponteio” by Brazilian composer Edu Lobo; Vince Norman’s beautiful ballad “Together Houses” featuring Bhadshah Khan on alto saxophone; Paul Baker’s swinging arrangement of the Gershwin classic “Our Love is Here to Stay”; and Joe Zawinul’s gospel funk classic “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” arranged by Dallas Burke.

“Join us for a wonderful evening of jazz performed by student musicians and talented community members that showcases our ensembles’ hard work throughout the semester,” said Dr. Eric Richards, Director of Jazz Studies. “The difference between jazz and other musical styles is the element of improvisation, so no two performances are exactly the same which makes it exciting for the audience.”

For more information about this event, go to WhitneyArts.org. Whitney Center for the Arts is located at Sheridan College at 1 Whitney Way in Sheridan.