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Jazz Night, April 29th


April 27, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - Jazz Night, The Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Kayhi Auditorium. Soundwaves, the Kayhi Jazz Band, Discovery and Windjammers will perform a variety of selections including jazz, blues, funk, ballad and rock styles. Donations for the high school scholarship will be accepted at the door.

Soundwaves will open the program with a Latin piece entitled "Tiger of San Pedro" by John LaBarbera, composer and arranger for the Buddy Rich Band. Leslie Snodderly will be the featured tenor saxophonist on Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You". Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill's Latin piece, 'My Ship" will follow. Leslie's brother, Eddie Snodderly, a senior at Kayhi, is the featured trombone soloist on "Cerulean Blue", a beautiful ballad by Gregory Yasinitsky, composer and the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Washington State University in Pullman. The favorite "Steely Dan" funk piece, "Peg" will wrap up the Soundwaves portion of the show.

The Kayhi Jazz Band will open with "St. James Infirmary", made famous by Louis Armstrong in 1928. Next up is a Sammy Nestico arrangement of "Satin Doll". The pop/jazz standard "I Got it Bad and that Ain't Good" by Duke Ellington will feature Andy Sullivan on tenor saxophone. Another jazz standard, "Impressions" by John Coltrane is last on the set list. The Kayhi bands and choirs recently participated in the annual Southeast Alaska Music Festival.

Discovery's opener will be "On The Street Where You Live", from the 1956 Broadway smash hit, "My Fair Lady". Next is Mark Taylor's arrangement of "It's Too Late", by American singer/ songwriter/pianist, Carole King. Michael Sweeney's original funk composition, "Touchdown Tony" was inspired by Pro Bowl quarter-back, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. Jazz musician/pianist Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" won a Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition in 1963, and "Good Ol' Boys", a "down home shuffle" by Larry Neeck is a downright happy song and features several band members on improvised solos.

Cole Porter's "I Love You" will begin the Windjammers set. In a samba style, this piece is beautifully arranged by Chris Sharp. Soloists are Dale Curtis and Samantha Quinn. " 'Round Midnight", the jazz standard composed by pianist Thelonius Monk, will feature Kayhi senior, Niles Corporon, on alto saxophone. Niles will be an arts major at University of Idaho this Fall. "Hit the Ground Running" is a barnburner of a tune by Grammy-winning American studio pianist/saxophonist/composer and conductor, Gordon Goodwin. His "Big Phat Band" has several CD's on the market. This fast-paced funk tune features sizzling sax solos by Niles Corporon (bari) and Dave Kiffer (tenor). Trombonist Rob Holston will be featured next on the beautiful ballad by Bill Liston called "Summer Never Ends". A unique composition by Don Schamber called "Reflections" will showcase Samantha Quinn on alto saxophone, Dave Kiffer on tenor saxophone, Dale Curtis on trumpet, Nelson Hays on bass and Kim Kleinschmidt on drums. Schamber is a master at weaving the subtle melodic theme into a variety of tempos and settings. The piece develops from a slow ballad-style into a fireball rock section.

All four bands will then combine to perform the favorite, "In The Mood" by Joe Garland.



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