UW-Stout: Jazz concert April 25 at Mabel Tainter features three groups

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Menomonie, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Stout Band, directed by Associate Professor Aaron M. Durst, will present Jazz from Harvey to Mabel at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the service center in the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-1122, online at http://tickets.uwstout.edu or at the door.

UW-Stout’s Harvey Hall, which includes Harvey Hall Theatre, is closed for renovation.

All three of the university’s jazz groups will perform, beginning with the Jazz Embers. The sextet will emphasize improvisation and innovation in its performance of traditional and contemporary melodies, “African Skies,” “Lady Bird” and “Spain.”

Next, the Jazz Project will perform “You Move You Lose” and “The Chicken.” The Jazz Project takes its inspiration from the second-line music of New Orleans.

The remainder of the concert will feature the Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra playing a range of jazz compositions. Selections will include classics like “ ’S Wonderful” by George Gershwin, “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” by Duke Ellington and “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima, to newer compositions such as Gordon Goodwin’s “Work In Progress” and Charles Mingus’s “Better Get Hit in Your Soul.”

Two student vocalists also will be featured, Lydia LaBudda, of New Lisbon, and Meghan Olson, of Rosemount, Minnesota.