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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 13, 2011

Jazz ensemble concert to feature music of Benny Carter

The public is invited to enjoy the swinging sounds of Northwest Missouri State University jazz ensembles and the music of Benny Carter during a concert at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, in the Charles Johnson Theater.

Northwest's Jazz Ensemble and Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform Benny Carter's 10-movement "Kansas City Suite," recorded by Count Basie's Orchestra in 1960. The concert is free and open to the public.

Arranged as a suite, the 10 originals pay tribute to various Kansas City clubs that were active in the 1930s when Basie was a resident. The music swings throughout, with solos adding color to the memorable tunes.

"The music is really fantastic, and both jazz ensembles have captured the spirit of the music," said William Richardson, associate professor of music, who conducts both ensembles. "It should be a lot of fun for everyone. We love to play for people, and it would be wonderful to pack the hall."

While the Jazz Ensemble is Northwest's premiere, audition-based jazz ensemble, both ensembles perform the very best big band music representing a variety of styles. The ensembles perform several concerts on campus annually, and the Jazz Ensemble regularly tours the four-state region.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468