By Cindy Macias/Staff Writer
Musical pieces of a wide variety of styles such as Brazilian tunes, modern jazz, bebop and the blues will included in the first Spring Jazz Faculty Recital presented by the LBCC Concert Artist Series on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m.
The recital is a collaborative concert that will feature the individual talent of teachers. Teachers performing include Patrick Sheng, saxophone, Elliot Deutsch, trumpet, Michael Higgins, guitar, Anthony Shadduck, bass, Dean Koba, drums, and Andrea Calderwood and Anne Walsh doing vocals. Other contributing to the performance include Sheng’s wife, Crystal Hayes, on the trombone and local jazz pianist Tom Zink.
Pieces that will be performed include a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn called “Chelsea Bridge,” a 1955 song by David Mann and Bob Hilliard “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” arranged by Andrea Calderwood and “Last Chance Lewis” by Patrick Sheng.
Also planned are “Moanin’” by Bobby Timmons, “Nature Boy” by eden ahbez arranged by Anne Walsh and Tom Zink and “Oh, Lady Be Good” by George and Ira Gershwin, arranged by Elliot Deutsch.
“One Note Samba” by Antonio Carlos Jobim and “Song #8/ Cherokee” by Kenny Garrett and Ray Noble also will be performed.
Sheng, music teacher and director of instrumental jazz studies, said, “I hope students and faculty get a cultural exposure with the live performances. With live performances you get the real deal. You see it live and the action is up and close. It brings you closer to the music and musicians.”
Sheng hopes to eventually host two to three shows by teachers per semester.
Upcoming jazz events at LBCC include the Jazz Big Band and the Vocal Jazz Concert. The LBCC Jazz Big Band will feature the world-renowed Wayne Bergeron on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the LBCC Auditorium. Prior to the event, Bergeron will conduct a workshop from 4-5 p.m. The LBCC Vocal Jazz Concert will feature The Filharmonic on Friday, June 5 at 7p.m. in the Auditorium. People may keep updated on Facebook at facebook.com/lbccjazz.
The faculty recital will be presented at the Ruth Todd Concert Hall in Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. People may purchase tickets at the door. General admission is $10 and student, employee and senior citizens tickets are $5.