Jazz Showcase at Central Arizona College

The Central Arizona College Instrumental and Vocal Music departments will present a free “Jazz Showcase” on Thursday, April 27 at 7p.m. in the Don P. Pence Center for the Performing Arts on the Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus (8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ.) The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Desert Dissonance and the ChromAtiCs.           

The 15 piece instrumental jazz ensemble will feature classic jazz selections including: “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In,” “Vierd Blues” by Miles Davis, “Meetin’ Time” by Benny Carter, and Perez Prado’s “Mambo Jambo.” They will also present some new compositions by Matt Harris and Paul Baker. Featured student soloists will include: Mario Escalante (tenor sax), Darrell Ramon (alto sax), and Shea Tafoya (trumpet).

The CAC Jazz Ensemble rehearses twice a week. Their repertoire consists of standard and progressive jazz literature in the swing, Latin, and rock idioms. An emphasis is placed on learning and developing improvisational skills. The CAC Jazz Ensemble performs one concert on campus per semester, as well as numerous events throughout the Casa Grande area. The ensemble is directed by Professor Rick Moore.

Desert Dissonance is an auditioned vocal jazz ensemble that is open to full and part-time students as well as community members.  This group performs in concerts at our Signal Peak Campus and has represented CAC at jazz festivals in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Colorado.  The ChromAtiCs is a non-auditioned vocal jazz group (also open to students and community members) that is intended for beginning to intermediate level singers who want to experience this diverse and exciting genre of music. Both choirs are directed by Dr. Kim Osteen-Petreshock.

The jazz and vocal ensembles will also be combining for the first time to perform two standard selections: “Sweet Georgia Brown’ and “Route 66.” There will be something in this concert that all listeners will recognize and enjoy.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814