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An Evening of Jazz, Rock and Blues
The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert


November 28, 2012
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Windjammers, Soundwaves and Kayhi Jazz Band will present a jazz, rock and blues concert in the Kayhi Auditorium on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. This concert raises funds to help Sam Pitcher Scholarship winners attend summer music and arts camps. Thirty-nine music students have received this scholarship since 2004. Donations for the scholarship fund will be accepted at the door.

The Kayhi Jazz Band, directed by Deidra Nuss will open with "Blue Mambo" followed by "Hello, Dolly" from the Broadway musical first produced in 1964. "Blackbird" by the famous duo Lennon and McCartney was first recorded by the Beatles and produced by George Martin in 1968. "Count Bubba's Revenge", by contemporary composer, Gordon Goodwin is a swing-shuffle arranged by Ralph Ford.

The twenty-seven member Soundwaves Jazz Ensemble directed by Roy McPherson will start their set with "That's How We Roll" by Gordon Goodwin. Amber Junker will be featured on trombone in "Tomorrow" from the Broadway musical "Annie". This tune is one of the most popular songs from the musical, which opened in 1977. Mark Taylor has arranged "Hallelujah I Love Her So" by Ray Charles, featuring the trumpet section on 'plunger' mutes. "Take Five" made famous by the Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album, "Time Out", is composed by alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond. "Walk The Dinosaur" by Randy Jacobs was first recorded by the band "Was (Not Was)" in 1987, and included on the 1989 soundtrack of the movie "The Dream Team", and again in the 1994 "Flintstones" film.

The Windjammers will open with the jazz standard "Love For Sale" by Cole Porter and arranged by Pete Myers. The song is from the Broadway musical "The New Yorkers", which opened in 1930. A ballad from another Broadway musical, 'The King and I' is entitled "I Have Dreamed" by Rodgers and Hammerstein, arranged by Mike Tomaro. Kim Henrickson (piano), Karl Richey (guitar)  and Ketchikan newcomer, Greg Kalbaugh (trumpet) will be featured on "Groovish". "Alone", featuring Tina McPherson on trombone, is composed by Lou Marini, a contemporary composer/saxophonist, who has been involved with  "Blood Sweat and Tears" and the "Saturday Night Live Band". He has also worked with Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Buddy Rich and  Woody Herman. Robert Curnow, owner of Sierra Music Publications in Washington state, is the arranger. Joining the trombone section for Hank Levy's composition "Decoupage" will be director/trombonist, Roy McPherson. This swing tune in 5/4 was recorded by Stan Kenton. Well-known for his odd time signatures and beautiful harmonic writing, Levy has also written for the "Don Ellis Band". He also founded the Towson University Jazz Program. Gordon Goodwin, the prolific jazz composer and founder of the "Big Phat Band", has composed his third arrangement in the "Hunting Wabbits" trilogy. "Hunting Wabbits 3, Get Off My Lawn" is a very challenging, up-tempo tune sprinkled with hints of cartoons.

As has been the tradition, all three bands will combine on stage to play Zawinul's "Birdland" recorded by "Weather Report", and Woody Herman's closer, "Blue Flame".



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