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Bethlehem, Pa., November 17, 2005—Moravian College Jazz Combo I and Jazz Fusion ensembles will perform in concert on Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at Foy Concert Hall, located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. Admission is $6.
Jazz Combo I will start the evening with seven pieces from across jazz time periods that span from Frank Loesser’s “If I Were a Bell” from the musical Guys and Dolls to ensemble pianist Keith LaBar’s “Midnight Blue.” The group will also play “This Here” by Bobby Timmons, “Armageddon” by Wayne Shorter, “Frelon Brun” by Miles Davis, “Intrepid Fox” by Freddie Hubbard, and “Dat Dere” by Bobby Timmons.
Jazz Fusion will follow up with five pieces, with each member playing at least one solo. They will play “Sponge” by Randy Brecker, “Toxic Hedgehog” by Masato Nakamura and arranged by ensemble member Jen Grier, “Teentown” by Jaco Pastorius, “Ish ‘n Us” by members LaBar and Crystal Mannara, and “Pickup the Pieces” by Average White Band. Jazz Fusion is led by Alan Gaumer, a member of Moravian College’s adjunct music faculty teaching trumpet and jazz.
Jazz Combo I is an 8 member ensemble the provides students the opportunity to stretch out and explore their own improvisational skills, develop the skills and tools of communication (aural and visual) that is necessary in a group, and help the student expand their repertoire of jazz tunes. It’s goal is to allow students to experiment and explore within a small band. This year, the Moravian students are joined by Jason DiPalma, a drummer from the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts High School. Jazz Fusion is dedicated to learning and performing the fusion style of music, a mixture of jazz and rock. It currently has 9 members.
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.