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Evangel University Jazz Orchestra to perform Oct. 30

Published on Oct 25, 2012 by Jennifer Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joel Griffin, will perform in concert Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall.

There is no charge for admission, and the public is invited to attend.

The jazz orchestra will perform the following pieces:

  • Basie-Straight Ahead by Count Basie Orchestra
  • Fly Me to the Moon by Count Basie Orchestra
  • Lonely Street by Count Basie Orchestra
  • Corner Pocket by Count Basie Orchestra
  • Things Ain’t What They Used to Be by Woody Herman
  • Jersey Bounce by Les Brown
  • Exactly Like This by Tom Kubis
  • When You’re Smiling by Tom Kubis
  • Festival by Rick Stitzel

Griffin is the new director of the jazz orchestra. Prior to Evangel, he was a professor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University for four years. He has performed with a variety of artists including Cece Winans, Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful and many more.

“Jazz is America’s classical music,” Griffin said. “Teaching the students at Evangel is a great opportunity to work with very talented musicians. Teaching them about an art that is so important to this country and culture is an incredible opportunity.”

The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra performs contemporary compositions as well as jazz classics and sacred jazz arrangements. The ensemble offers students of all majors the opportunity to experience jazz performance and a variety of jazz styles.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.