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Moravian’s Big Band Set to Mambo with Jazz Vocal Ensemble

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 25, 2004-- Moravian College’s Big Band, directed by Neil Wetzel, will collaborate with Moravian’s Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Lou Lanza, for a concert simply called, “Let’s Mambo,” Friday, November 5 at 8 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The program will feature selections of 1950s inspired Latin club music.

Wetzel, is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Moravian College. As a free lance musician he has performed with renowned jazz greats and in concert with the Philly Pops and Patti Page in Carnegie Hall. The album release won the 1999 Grammy for best pop traditional performance. Wetzel teaches both classical and jazz saxophone and directs Moravian’s jazz ensembles, the Big Band, and the jazz curriculum.

Lou Lanza, a native Philadelphian, is an artist-lecturer and an adjunct professor of jazz vocals at Moravian College, as well as a performer. He has appeared in a series of jazz-related spots on BET, and will be listed among the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time in The Jazz Singers by critic/author Scott Yanow (to be published by Backbeat Books in 2005).

The Big Band is a traditional-sized big band specializing in big band swing as well as contemporary music. The band draws its members from students and faculty at Moravian College who are interested in performing instrumental jazz music.

The Jazz Vocal Ensemble consists of student jazz enthusiasts who wish to study and practice creating jazz lyrics and improvisation.

Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem. All tickets are $6. For more information, please contact the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.