Crowd jives with CSC Vocal Jazz, Jazz Band
The crooning notes of the Chadron State College Vocal Jazz ensemble and Jazz Band Tuesday transported the audience from Memorial Hall to a cozy jazz club.
The Vocal Jazz ensemble, under the direction of Joel Schreuder, kicked the night off with an arrangement of Van Morrison’s “Moondance” with three student soloists: Leslie Hopton, sophomore of Sundance, Wyoming; Jacob Wirth, senior of Sidney, and Zachary Henderson, senior of Douglas, Wyoming.
The seven-member ensemble brought a powerful sound to by Gene Roland’s “Reuben’s Blues” with solos by Wirth, Kolton Brown, senior of Valentine; Hopton, and Asha Mullins, sophomore of Chadron. “Come Home,” by Peter Eldridge was a lamenting song. “Nice ‘n Easy,” by Lew Spence, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman and the classic “Love Shack” featuring the voices of Mullins and Wirth kicked up the evening.
Following the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the 16-member Jazz Band took the stage beguiled the audience. Michael Stephens, associate professor of music, directed the band in their renditions of “Blues Machine,” by Sammy Nestico. A little Latin heat was brought to cold night by their second piece “El Caborojeno,” by Bob Mintzer. “Blue in Green,” by Miles Davis and Bill Evans provided a slow soulful tempo to enjoy.
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Gordon Goodwin and “The Christmas Song,” by Mel Torme and Robert Wells brightened Memorial Hall with festive holiday cheer. Finally, the house was swinging again with “Groovin’ Hard,” by Don Menza and “Greeting and Salutations,” by Thad Jones.