Celebrate National Jazz Month with a concert at Central’s Pence Center on April 18

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – In celebration of National Jazz Month, the Central Arizona College Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Choir are proud to present An Evening of Jazz on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Don P. Pence Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults. The concert is free for children 12 and under, and for Central Arizona College students who present their student identification cards. Middle school and high school students who present their school ID also will be admitted free. The senior discount is $7.50.

Advance tickets may be purchased by contacting the Public Events Box Office at 520-494-5223. Tickets also are available the day of the show.

This final jazz concert for the 2007-08 will begin with the 13-piece Central Arizona College Jazz Ensemble. The group will present its brand of high-powered Big Band Jazz, which includes swing, rock and Latin jazz.

“This journey will feature original jazz charts that take past themes from such recordings as detective shows from the 1960s or Chubby Checker’s Twist and turn them inside out and upside down,” Rick Moore, who is in his seventh year as a professor of music and the director of bands at Central Arizona College, explained.

Featured soloists will include Travis Sawade (drums), Casa Grande native Matt Bertsch (tenor sax), Daniel Gardner (trumpet), Martin Nevarez (trumpet), Alan Stanz (alto sax), and Andrews Skiles (bass).

This campus concert marks the first collaboration on the Pence stage between the Jazz Ensemble and the Central Arizona College Vocal Jazz Choir.

The Jazz Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eva Mae Pisciotta, will be performing classics such as Oliver Nelson’s Stolen Moments and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.

The ensemble features a unique blend of contemporary harmonies and vocal jazz improvisation. Featured soloists include Hannah Monks, Edward Queen, Daniel Greyson, Teresa Falkner and Emma Greer.


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