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Jazz Orchestra to perform Tuesday, Nov. 18

Published on Nov 12, 2014 by Evangel University News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joel Griffin, will perform in concert Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Recital Hall.

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

The Jazz Orchestra will perform the following pieces:

  • By My Side, by Sammy Nestico
  • Fascinating Rhythm, by G. & I. Gershwin
  • High Five, by Sammy Nestico
  • Blues In Hoss Flat, by Foster & Basie
  • Manteca, by Dizzy Gillespie
  • Strike Up the Band, by G. & I. Gershwin
  • Bye Bye Blackbird, by Henderson & Dixon
  • Hava Nice Day, by Sammy Nestio

“It’s a privilege anytime you get to play jazz in today’s world, and that’s how we approach each concert,” said Griffin. “These students have worked very diligently to prepare what I believe will be one of the EU Jazz Orchestra’s best performances to date.”

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.

Griffin is a native of Southern Missouri and graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a B.A. in saxophone performance. He earned his master’s degree in theory/composition from Missouri State University prior to joining Evangel’s faculty as director of jazz studies.

He remains an active performer, joining jazz great Wayne Bergeron for shows across the country and taking part in numerous jazz festivals, such as the Drury University Jazz Festival and Pittsburg State Jazz Festival, each year.

For additional information, contact Ashley Brown at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7212.

PHOTO BY: Lane Simmons