WSU Jazz Concert Features Jazz Big Band, VOJAZZ Oct. 9

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble will perform Tuesday, Oct. 9 on the Pullman campus. The 8 p.m. program is planned for Kimbrough Concert Hall.

The concert, open to the public without charge, begins with VOJAZZ and its new director, Gus Kambeitz. VOJAZZ will present a varied program, with the Count Basie classic “Corner Pocket,” Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” the Disney hit “Cruella DeVille” and Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as arranged by Kambeitz.

Kambeitz has worked with leading figures in vocal jazz, including Phil Mattson, Jan DeShera and Michelle Weir.

The Jazz Big Band, directed by Gregory Yasinitsky, WSU coordinator of jazz studies, will perform “Tones for Joan’s Bones,” composed by jazz pianist Chick Corea, “Private Eye,” by Hollywood composer Joe Jackson, “That’s What I Thought,” by Woody Herman trombonist Paul McKee, and “But of Course,” composed by Yasinitsky.

Vocalist Julie Silvera-Jensen will be featured on the Gershwin classics “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “The Man I Love.” Soloists will include bassist Nathan Gudmunson; drummer Brian Wright; pianist Kelvin Monroe; saxophonists Scott Ryckman; Sparky LaPlante, Jason Larsen and Malcolm Lewis; and trumpeters Matt Reid, Brendan McMurphy and Kevin Kaukl.