CSU–Pueblo offers jazz night concert with East High School

Colorado State University – Pueblo’s Jazz Ensembles I and II will be featured in concert with the East High Jazz Band beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 on the auditorium stage at East High School. The complete spring concert calendar may be found at http://chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/music/calendar.htm. Events are also advertised in the Pueblo Chieftain, and interested community members may receive information via-e-mail by contacting the Music Office at music@colostate-pueblo.edu, or by calling 549-2552.

CSU-Pueblo Artist-in-Residence Al Eberhardt calls the concert a “landmark performance” since it is the first time the jazz groups have shared the stage with local high school talent at an off-campus venue. This special jazz concert is free and open to the public. Interested persons may call 549-2366 for more information and details.

“Our university has set a goal to come down off the hill and reach out to the community,” Eberhardt said. “This concert offers our students the opportunity to perform in a different venue than Hoag Hall. The more exposure the students get to different performing environments and to a variety of audiences, the better.”

Eberhardt has seen significant improvement in the music program in recent years, which has resulted in students performing in a variety of professional environments outside of the college. For example, select CSU-Pueblo music students have recently performed with pop groups including “The Temptations,” and also as backup musicians for big band singers Lynn Roberts and Sal Viviano and as regular members of the Pueblo Symphony and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Eberhardt said two recent grads of the music program are performing as full-time musicians in the highly competitive Air Force Band program in the San Francisco area.

“The upcoming concert will allow Pueblo to hear just how good our current of students are. I believe that right now, Jazz Ensemble I probably has the best big band sax section ever to come out of this part of the state.

Eberhart noted that the concert also was special because the East High group will perform a tune he co-wrote with John Turner, “Lemon Merengue.” The piece also was performed at the Broadmoor Hotel by the 2007 Colorado All State Jazz Ensemble that Eberhardt directed this past January.

The April 17 concert will begin with the East High Jazz Band under the direction of John Matthies. They will perform “Switching Gears” by Lars Halle, “Give It All You Got” by Chuck Mangione, “Lemon Merengue” by Eberhardt/Turner, and “This Is It!” by Mike Pendowski.
CSU-Pueblo’s Jazz Ensemble II, with Artist-in-Residence Brad Eastin directing, will perform
“Patnoe’s Complaint,” a chart written by Don Schamber for Doc Severnsen and
The Tonight Show Band, a Nelson Riddle arrangement of Vic Young’s beautiful
“Stella by Starlight,” “Delta City Blues” by Dave Eshelman, a great Jerry Coker
version of The Beatle’s classic “Something” by George Harrison, followed by
Sammy Nestico’s “Another Lazy Day,” and concluding with a John Berry
arrangement of Earl Klugh’s “Rainmaker.”

The evening will conclude with CSU-Pueblo Jazz Ensemble I, led by
Al Eberhardt. This group will start off with Glen Miller’s version of the Joe
Garland hit “In The Mood,” then another great Nestico ballad entitled
“Lonely Street,” followed by a Jeff Jarvis funk number called “Old School,”
a Gordon Goodwin version of the Miles Davis jazz standard “Seven Steps
To Heaven,” and ending with Bill Berry’s exciting trumpet
section feature “A Trumpet Case Full of Blues”.

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