Enjoy an ‘Evening of Jazz’

The Santa Fe Big Band, along with other student bands and vocalists at Santa Fe College, with take part in the 7th annual “Evening of Jazz,” consisting of songs from Motown and jazz greats. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe College)

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.

You can immerse yourself in the music of jazz and blues giants, brought back to life by the inspired performances of Santa Fe College musicians and singers, but you will need a ticket to "Evening of Jazz."



* What: The 7th annual Santa Fe College “Evening of Jazz.”

* When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

* Where: Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College northwest campus, 3000 NW 83rd St.

* Tickets: $9-$15 orchestra; free for SF College students and employees.

* Information: Call 352-395-5296.

Now in its seventh year, "Evening of Jazz," will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the SF College Fine Arts Hall at the northwest campus at 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seats, $12 for balcony seating, $9 for seniors and children 12 and under, and free to Santa Fe College students and employees. They are available at the Box Office by calling at 352-395-4181 or 352-395-4133 and by visiting www.sfcollege.edu/finearts/.

There also will be a reception following the concert.

"If you want to immerse yourself in jazz, this is the concert that you want," said Alora Haynes, chairperson of the SF College Fine Arts Department.

Haynes said the Rhythm and Blues Band, the Jazz Combo, the Santa Fe Big Band and singers from the college's vocal studios will perform the music of legendary composers, including Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and others, as well as Motown greats Etta James, Wilson Pickett and Robert Johnson.

"The evening is about great music and connecting with the historical jazz and blues past, and there will be contemporary songs sprinkled in," said Dr. Steve Bingham, SF College professor and director of the Santa Fe College bands.

The Santa Fe Big Band has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Epcot in Orlando, Florida's Lakeside Jazz Festival, CityWalk Universal Studios, and the band also tours high schools throughout North Central Florida. Bingham said the Santa Fe Big Band also was invited to perform at the International Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, this summer, but could not attend. "We couldn't go because of funding," Bingham said.

Bingham said "Evening of Jazz" performers auditioned for their spots. Featured singers will include students in SF College professor Lynn Sandefur's voice studio.

Haynes said the Rhythm and Blues Band will open the concert with four Motown hits sung by Christine Wight. They are: "In the Midnight Hour," which was performed by Wilson Pickett; "Shake a Tail Feather" by Ray Charles; "At Last" by Etta James, and "Sweet Home Chicago," by Robert Johnson. Also featured will be two piano players, two guitars, three horns, bass guitar and drums.

Bingham said The Jazz Combo will perform "So What" and "All Blues" from the Miles Davis 1959 quadruple-platinum album, "Kind of Blue," which is often described as the best jazz album of all time, and acknowledged by music writers as one of the most influential albums ever recorded.

The group also will perform "There Will Never Be Another You" by Nat King Cole and the Dizzy Gillespie arrangement, "A Night in Tunisia." The Jazz Combo will feature vocalist Jarrod Clarizio, three horns, guitar, upright bass, piano and drums.

Haynes said the Santa Fe Big Band will reprise several numbers from the college's fall theater production, "The All Night Strut!" including Bingham's adaptation of "Operator" by Gene Harris; "Hit That Jive, Jack" by Nat King Cole, and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Irving Mills and Duke Ellington.

Jarrod Clarizio will sing Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Darielis Galarza will sing "Stuff Like That There" by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, and the band will perform "The Count Has Time" by Alan M. Wright, "The Opener" by Carl Strommen, "Aha!" by Bob Mintzer, and "Floating Home" and "Get in Line" by Gordon Goodwin.

"We will have a big guest surprise," Bingham said.

Haynes said last year's concert drew an audience of about 200 people. "They deserved a lot more," Haynes said. "Jazz has a celebration feeling. It makes you want to clap your hands and tap your feet. I think it crosses all generations."

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