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Grammy-winning Gary Smulyan to perform with Evangel Jazz Orchestra, April 19

Published on Apr 17, 2018 by Evangel University News

The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra will perform alongside nationally-recognized saxophonist Gary Smulyan in its spring concert on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Recital Hall.

The Grammy-winning artist has shared the stage and recording studio with a stunning potpourri of luminaries including trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Chick Corea, timbales king Tito Puente, and R&B/Blues and soul icons Ray Charles, B.B. King and Diana Ross.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Barnett Fine Arts Center is located just south of the Robert H. Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave.

The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra will perform three songs before joining Smulyan for the remaining five songs of the evening.

The order of performance will be announced from the stage.

  • “Strike Up The Band” — George & Ira Gershwin; Arr. Sammy Nestico — Featuring: Drew Hendrickson
  • “The Showmeshuffle” — Steve Wiest — Featuring: Ephraim McFarland, Derek Van Wyhe
  • “El Abrazo” — Alan Baylock — Featuring: Gregory Worthley, Tyler Helton
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Saxophonist Gary Smulyan // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The Following Selections with Guest Artist, Gary Smulyan

  • “Bluesport” — Lars Gullin; Arr. Tim Haggins
  • “Beautiful Love” — Yong/Van Alstyne/King; Arr. Paul McKee
  • “Body and Soul” — Heyman/Sour/Eyton/Green; Arr. Slide Hampton
  • “SAL-UTATIONS” — Slide Hampton
  • “Lars Meets Jeff” — Lars Gullin; Arr. Tim Haggins

Live streaming of the concert will be available online at:

About Gary Smulyan

A New York native, Gary Smulyan is a six-time Grammy Award- winning saxophonist. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach and a strong and incisive wit.

The baritone saxophonist is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Poll’s and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year.

He is now a faculty member of Amherst College and serves as the artistic director at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, Massachusetts, a two year post-secondary music school for eighteen to thirty year olds with developmental disabilities.

Evangel’s Department of Music

The Department of Music at Evangel University offers majors in music education, music performance, recording technology and worship leadership. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments & Schools of Music.

For more information, contact the Music Department at (417) 865-2811, ext. 7212.