Southeastern Jazz Ensemble to perform November 19
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble will perform Wednesday, Nov. 19, in a free concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
The concert will be conducted by Southeastern Associate Director of Bands Paul Frechou and recording and performance artist Clarence Johnson. Soloists include Southeastern Piano Instructor Henry Jones and Johnson on the saxophone.
The concert program will include "Morten Swing," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Not to be Forgotten," "Mr. Magic," "Body and Soul," "Chant," "Jumpin' at the Westside," and "Riverdance."
Frechou directs Southeastern's "Spirit of the Southland" marching band, as well as the Symphonic Band and teaches several music education courses. Performing frequently as woodwind player, Frechou is the bass clarinetist with the Gulf Coast Symphony and has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, and New Orleans Ballet Orchestra.
Known for his fierce and often sultry saxophone sound, New Orleanian Johnson enjoys a successful career as a recording and performing artist, an educator, and also appears in films and television. Currently, Johnson is preparing for the national release of this latest recording, "Watch Him Work," his first release in 15 years. Recently, Johnson has appeared on both the 2012 recording and PBS television documentary of Hugh Laurie's "Let Them Talk," which was produced by Allen Toussaint.
Jones was a freelance vocal coach and accompanist in New York City for 10 years. His credits include choral performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, vocal recitals at Lincoln Center, musical director of a gymnastic exhibition at Madison Square Garden, and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including "Evita," Jerome Robbins' "Broadway," and "The Fantasticks."
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.