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Bethlehem, Pa., November 1, 2006—The Moravian College Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo II will perform on Sunday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The Jazz Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Lou Lanza, and Jazz Combo II, directed by David Roth ’85, study improvisational skills while adding to their repertoires.
The Jazz Vocal Ensemble will feature a program of contemporary popular music including Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” and “Superstition” and Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams.” Student vocalists, Lisa Toth ’07, Pottstown, Pa.; Chelsea Dehner ’08, Hatboro, Pa.; Courtney Eby ‘10, Wyomissing, Pa.; Tony Harris ’10, Harwich, Ma.; Daniel Foltz-Morrison ’09, Westfield, N.J.; and Kip Knauer ’09, Kutztown, Pa. will lend their talents to the performance.
Jazz Combo II christened its program “The Birth of Cool,” and among selected pieces are “Birks Works” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Bossa Nova U.S.A.” by Dave Brubeck, and “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis. Members are, vocalist Eby; alto saxophonist Henry Williams ’08, Westfield, N.J.; trombonist Andy Lynn ’08, Phoenixville, Pa.; trumpeters Phil Minnich ’10, Palm, Pa., and Peggie Naples ‘10, Stockton, N.J.; electric bassist Eric Mosher ’09, Silver Spring Md.; drummer Adam Smith ’09, Kunkletown, Pa.; guitarist Jason Zeidman ’09, Tunkhannock, Pa.; clarinetist Katie Pulizzano ’08, Allentown, Pa,; and pianist Roth.
Lanza, is artist-lecturer in jazz voice at Moravian College. He was born and raised into a musical family in Philadelphia, and the music in his genes was inherited from his father a classical violinist, and his late mother who was a classical pianist, organist, and music teacher. Lanza’s grandfather was an opera singer, and another relative, Vince Trombetta, saxophonist and arranger, served as musical director for The Mike Douglas Show. Lanza’s live performances have earned him the admiration of many professionals, including Henry Mancini and Tony Bennett, and he is listed among 500 jazz vocalists of all time in The Jazz Singers by critic/author Scott Yanow. Lanza’s CD’s include, The Road Not Taken, Corner Pocket, Shadows and Echoes, An Intimate Portrait in Blue, and Opening Doors: a Jazz Tribute to the Doors.
Roth ’85, returned in 2000 to his Moravian alma mater as artist-lecturer in jazz piano, and to teach jazz theory, pedagogy, and literature. During an impressive and versatile career he directed the Denver-based television show on KRMT; served two terms as president of the Greeley Colorado Music Teachers National Association; and the International Association for Jazz Education; and founded Peak View Jazz, an organization dedicated to the presentation of live jazz in northern Colorodo. He also conceived and developed the Summer Youth Camp for students in grades 8 to 12 at Moravian College. Roth is the creator and national chairperson of the Strategic Educational Alliance between the Music Teachers’ National Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the co-author of the IAJE-MTNA Jazz Studies Guide.
General admission is $5. Foy Concert Hall is located at the Hurd Center for Music and Art, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Historic Bethlehem.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.