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2 jazz events at MVC this week | MVC ensemble concert Thursday followed by annual jazz band festival Saturday

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Clarence Smith talks to the audience during the 2011 Missouri Valley College Jazz Festival. The Marshall native will be back Saturday to serve as judge of the annual event.
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The Missouri Valley Jazz Ensemble will present its second concert of the year on Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Eckilson-Mabee Theatre, according to a news release from the college.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include the selections "Whirly Bird" and "The Kid from Red Bank." Both selections are from the library of the Count Basie Orchestra and were written by Neal Hefti.

Included on the program is "Sepia Panorama," featuring Emily Mays on bass; "Riding on a Blue Note," featuring Nick Hern on trumpet; and "Sunset and the Mockingbird," featuring Michael Martin on piano. All three songs were written by Duke Ellington.

The concert also includes "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie with Joe Graham as soloist, Lee Morgan's famous tune, "Sidewinder," and Benny Carter's composition, "The Wiggle Walk," from his 10-movement work, "Kansas City Suite."

Jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson talks to the audience at the first Bob James Jazz Festival in Marshall in 2011. Watson will return to Marshall Saturday to serve as judge in the annual Missouri Valley College Jazz Festival.
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Lastly, the band will be performing a Sammy Nestico song, "Nicole," that features James Withers on flugelhorn, and Charles Mingus's "Nostalgia in Time Square."

Members of the band include Brooke Boulware, Nick Hern, Ron Curtis, Joe Graham and James Withers, music education majors at MVC; Jessica Riggins and Michael Martin, adjunct faculty at MVC; Mario Bennett, David Chael and Aryana Nemati on saxophone; Jacque Toney, music performance major at MVC; guitarist Ryan Martin; Kelsey Bayless on trombone; and Brian Phillips and Shawn Griddine, both trumpet players from area high schools.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., directors Garry Anders, Charles Ferguson and Chuck Appleton, along with MVC band members, will be hosting the sixth annual MVC Jazz Festival.

Bands in attendance include Martin City Middle School, Grandview Middle School, Grandview High School jazz bands I and II, Warrensburg High School jazz bands I and II, Sedalia Smith-Cotton High School, and Winnetonka High School from North Kansas City.

Each band will play three selections and receive both written and verbal comments from judges Bobby Watson, director of jazz studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Clarence Smith, former resident of Marshall and currently professor of music at Penn Valley College in Kansas City.

The Missouri Valley College Jazz Ensemble will be the final band to perform at 4:30 p.m. The jazz festival is free and open to the public.


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