Sounds of jazz fill Recital Hall
April 24, 2006 —
The Department of Music presented the SVSU Jazz Ensemble Thursday night in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.
Director Jeff Hall kicked the concert off with "Who's Sorry Now," a song by Ted Snyder, Burt Kalman, and Harry Ruby. It was followed by a great first half with solos and well chosen music.
Soloists included Scott Tuttle, Danyelle West, Bill Oeming, Joe Kuzdzal, Dustin Mallory, Brandon Deike, Matt Kan, Eric Markley, Pat Yagiela, and Zack Sharrow.
Ten songs were played by the jazz ensemble. Some included "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller, "Woodchopper's Ball" by Woody Herman and described by Hall as a "fun tune to play," and also "Red Beans and Rice" by Felton Sparks.
Instruments included saxophones, piano, bass, guitar, trumpets, trombones, and drums. Melissa Croll added sounds of the flute and Scott Tuttle added clarinet. Both also played saxophone.
After intermission, guest artist Joe Wright performed with a quartet, which included Hall on piano. Wright played the saxophone and clarinet for the audience.
Wright joined the event from the University of Michigan at Flint, where he is an instructor in the music department and also an instrument repair specialist. Wright also performed on the SVSU Jazz in the Valley Series in November.
The Jazz Ensemble ended with three songs with the help from Wright. The night was concluded with the "Family Guy" theme song from the television show.
The Ensemble is part of a class students can take at SVSU with a wide range of upper and lowerclassmen. Both Kuzdzal and Tuttle said the class had been working on its performance since the beginning of winter semester.