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Southeastern jazz combos to perform April 30

Contact: Constance Woods


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ jazz combos will present “Southeastern Jazz Spring 2007” on April 30.

     The free concert featuring Jazz Combos I and II is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     The Combos will showcase their repertoire of music ranging from classic standards to modern and investigative works.

     Jazz Combo I, under the direction of Richard Schwartz, instructor of saxophone and jazz at Southeastern, will begin the program with Harold Arlen’s piece, “Let’s Fall in Love,” followed by Richard Rodgers’ composition of “My Favorite Things.”

     Jazz Combo II, also under Schwartz’s direction, will entertain the audience with “Buhania’s Delight,” composed by Curtis Fuller, and “It Might As Well Be Spring,” by Richard Rodgers.

     “The Combos have been performing together since the beginning of the semester,” said Schwartz. “They have donated performances through Southeastern’s Christwood Lecture Series, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Toast and Jam Festival and the Vicksburg, Mississippi’s Riverfest.”

     Jazz Combo I members include: Jon Walkenford (Mandeville), alto saxophone; Angel Sepulvado (Covington), tenor saxophone; Jordan Beard (Abita Springs), trumpet; Justin Burdette (Denham Springs), guitar; John Braud (Hammond), bass; and A.J. Lassere (Destrehan), drums.

     Jazz Combo II members are Emmanuel Seals (Fair Hope, Ala), tenor saxophone; Skyler Stroup (Mandeville), trumpet; Wilson Marks (Ponchatoula), guitar; George Bosnea (Constanta, Romania), bass; and Wade Hymel (Mandeville), drums.

     “Members have also had the opportunity to interact with internationally acclaimed jazz artists including drummer, Jeff “Tain” Watts, pianists, Joey Calderazzo, and Bill Dobbins,” said Schwartz. 

     For more information, contact Schwartz at (985) 549-5938.

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