Friends University’s Jazz Vocal Ensemble will perform a pot pourri of arrangements during a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The group will perform a variety of a capella selections in addition to songs with musical accompaniment from the Jazz Combo, including Broadway show tunes, jazz standards and modern jazz compositions. The group’s rhythm section includes two Friends University faculty members – Dan Racer on bass and Bill Glenn on drums; pianist Mark Mazur, a Wichita jazz musician and arranger; and alto saxophonist Seth Binford, a Friends University student. Badinage, a jazz vocal ensemble from Hutchinson Community College directed by Neil Allsup, will present a special performance as well.
"The students have been working hard toward this event, and I'm really pleased with what we've been able to accomplish this year,” said Craig Curry, adjunct professor of music. "Vocal jazz is deceivingly difficult music to sing, full of tight, complicated harmonies and complex rhythms. But the payoff is huge because it's also a lot of fun to sing and listen to."
The eight-member jazz vocal ensemble is in its second year, and has begun receiving invitations to perform at jazz festivals and other events across the state. On April 2, the group will be appearing at the Great Bend Jazz Festival.
Tickets for the April 1 concert cost $8 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased by calling 316-295-5677.