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Friday, April 23, 2010
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   

Conjuring a jazzy blend from the rich traditions of Frank Sinatra to the classic stylings of The Beatles, The University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Lab Band II will perform a free concert Friday, April 30 on the Hattiesburg campus.

This one-hour performance will open in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. with up-tempo tunes by Pan-O-Rama, a jazz combo. Jazz Lab Band II consists primarily of 20 freshman and sophomore students.

“This is the first time in 15 years that Jazz Lab II has been able to do a concert on our own,” said Chris Evans, a freshman sports coaching and education major from Terry, Miss. In previous years, Jazz Lab Band II was the opening performance for Jazz Lab Band I.

“Since it is young, hopefully we’ll be able to continue the group and we’ll keep having concerts that people want to come to,” Evans said.

Jazz Lab Band II is under the direction of David Carter, a master’s music education student from Charleston, S.C. Carter said jazz lovers will “experience some great toe-tapping and head-nodding at the concert with diverse styles of popular music including jazz, Latin and funk.”

The program selection will consist of “Basie Straight Ahead” by Sammy Nestico, “Peg” by Steely Dan, “Elvin's Mambo” by Bob Mintzer, “High Octane” by Jeff Jarvis, “Hey Jude” by the Beatles and “Fly Me to the Moon” with a special guest vocalist, Jonathan Brannan, a music education major from Petal, Miss.

Carter also coaches the Pan-O-Rama, a four-member jazz combo that includes Josanne Francis-Diego Martin, music education major from Trinidad and Tobago, Tyler Dennis, jazz studies major from Decatur, Ala., Kelton Norris, music education major from Raleigh, Miss., and Raymond Bradford, jazz studies major from Grenada, Miss.

Carter said he is especially excited about this concert, “because of the exposure it lends to the Southern Miss Jazz Studies program.”

Jazz at Southern Miss has a long and illustrious history. For nearly 40 years, the Jazz Studies program at Southern Miss has helped students develop a foundation in improvisation, theory, arranging and history. Currently, the program is under the direction of associate professor of music Lawrence Panella. Its ensembles include two big bands, and six to eight combos of various shapes and sizes. Among the notable guest artists who have performed with the Jazz Lab Band I are Ira Sullivan, Bob Berg, John Fedchock, Ellis Maralis, Jeff Coffin, Russ Nolan, Jovino Santos Neto and many more.

For more information on the Jazz Lab Bands II free concert call 601.266.6121.

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