Friday, May 23 10:00pm
Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble
TSgt Marchand, musical director
Carl Saunders soloist
John Irish, reporter
The Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble lit up the night with driving, hot jazz. Add trumpet great, Carl Saunders to the mix and the combination was truly combustible. The group, part of the US Air Force Band of the West from San Antonio, is one of the finest jazz ensembles in the service today. Chick Coreas La Fiesta, as written for the Woody Herman Band, opened the concert and set the blistering pace from which the evening unfolded. Top-notch soloists, tight ensemble playing, and a sterling rhythm section are attributes one must use to describe this excellent band. The ensembles new vocalist, Crissy Saalborn, was featured in an up-tempo version of Lover Come Back to Me. As a change of pace, many of Stan Kentons top groundbreaking hits were melded into a medley entitled Kenton Kollage. The innovative sounds of genius big band writing, as arranged by Bob Curnow, were rekindled in this Kenton collection.
The phenomenal jazz trumpeter, Carl Saunders was introduced and joined the band with an original piece by Herbie Phillips, Perceptive Hindsight. This medium swing tune was a vehicle for Saunders creative, virtuosic jazz playing. His lines are always original, exciting, and offer great variety. Growing up in a family strongly connected with the jazz scene, one can tell hes easily at home in this music. The beautiful standard Whats New received a colorful, lush performance; starting off as a ballad, it moved into a double-time section comfortably raising the intensity level. Saunders covered the trumpets whole spectrum on the closing cadenza. Count Bubba, by Gordon Goodwin, put the spotlight on the bands horn sections with each playing a chorus without rhythm accompaniment. A soaring trumpet solo and recaps of the horn soli brought the piece to a powerful close.
The bands male vocalist, Richard Vasquez sang the Mercer/Arlen classic, Come Rain or Come Shine in a hauntingly delightful arrangement by the bands Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge and Musical Director, Don Marchand. Introduction of all the bands members helped create a strong rapport between the band and audience. It was followed by Rodgers and Harts classic song, Blue Moon, as arranged by Eric Richards. Saalborns singingincluding a scat choruswas a hit!
Saunders joined the Dimensions in Blue in another Gordon Goodwin tune, Sing Sang Sung, a take-off of the popular Benny Goodman hit, Sing Sing Sing. Getting all over the horn in the featured trumpet solo, Saunders also helped fire up the final shout chorus bringing the piece to an electrifying close.
Secret Love, in an impressive up-tempo arrangement by Jack Kortner, offered blazing solos and flying fingers from all the band members. Saunders smoked the solo line with incredible playing culminating in a cadenza that brought the audience to its feet.
Saunders summed up the band succinctly: Tight, clean, and mean. In view of the audience he was also sure to warmly acknowledge the bands great trumpet section. Late night jazz with a great band and one of the finest soloists around was an exciting way to end another great day of music. Fabulous!
Murray State University Trumpet Ensemble
Dr. Robert Murray, Director
Sonata Sancti Polycarpi for 8 trumpets, timpani & continuo - H.I.F. Biber (1644-1704)
Fantasy for Trumpets - John Steffa (b. 1947)
Jon Edington, Jaime Fairbanks, Amy Fuller, Craig Fuqua, Chris Hayden, Jacob Hein
MJ Huff, Zach Kingins, Jonathan Light, Alan Lewis, Megan Luse, Audrey Redding
Brandon Salmon, Gavin Sewell, Doug Wilson , Timpani - Josh Powell, Continuo John Steffa, Nancy Steffa
La Fiesta by Chick Corea arr. Tony Klatka
Lover Come Back To Me by Romberg/Hamerstein arr. Wittig
Come Rain Or Come Shine by Mercer/Arlen arr. TSgt Marchand
Count Bubba by Gordon Goodwin
Secret Love by Webster/ Fain arr. Cortner
Got The World On A String by Arlen/Koshler tran TSgt Marchand
Sing Sang Sung by Gordon Goodwin
Dorsey Medley arr. Sammy Nestico
Kenton Kollage arr. Bob Curnow
Blue Moon by Krumm/Stenzel arr. Eric Richards
Whats New by Bob Haggert arr. Eric Richards
God Bless America by Irving Berlin arr. TSgt Marchand
Dimension in Blues Jazz Ensemble:
A1C David Malek
Ssgt Geoffrey Torres
A1C Mathew Ayala
A1C Lacey Stokes
A1C Lindsey Zufal
TSgt Don Marchand
MSgt Mark Hill
SSgt John Pranter
SSgt Heather Kirschner
SSgt Nick Cooper
MSgt Miles Johnson
A1C David Kucharski
A1C David Alpar
SSgt Jon Packard - Bass
A1C Angelo Stokes - Drums
A1C David Lopez - Piano
SSgt Richard Vasquez
A1C Crissy Saalborn