The Washington State University School of Music will present their first jazz concert of the semester on Tuesday, February 15, at 7:30pm, in Kimbrough Concert Hall. The concert will feature faculty ensemble Jazz Northwest and the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band under the direction of Regents Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies Greg Yasinitsky.
Jazz Northwest will perform “JP” by Darryl Singleton, percussionist with the group, and “Funky Changes” and “Chimera” by César Haas, guitarist with the ensemble. Jazz Northwest also includes David Turnbull, trumpet; Horace Alexander Young, alto saxophone; Jake Svendsen, piano; David Bjur, bass; and Yasinitsky, tenor saxophone.
The Jazz Big Band will present the premiere of the big band version of “Lincoln Street” by undergraduate composer and guitarist Shane Isom. The band will also perform Los Angeles composer Bill Liston’s Tri-Bop, Yasinitsky’s “Gator Tail” featuring the trombone section and “Gotta Have Soul,” a new piece written especially for the group by Yasinitsky. Soloists will include saxophonists Thomas Wieland, Christian Nicoll and Rogan Tinsley; trombonists Brad Dowson and Jason Kochis; and drummer Erik Hawkins.
The Jazz Big Band has received numerous accolades including a prestigious invitation to perform in February at the conference of the Washington State Music Educators Association (WMEA).