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"An Evening of Swing" to be presented at Geary Theater

The Eastern Utah Jazz Band consists of students and community members.

Carbon School District and the College of Eastern Utah will join musical forces to present a combined concert-"An Evening of Swing"-by Eastern Utah Jazz, CEU's college-community big band, and the Helper Junior High School Jazz Band on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the CEU Geary Theatre.

The program will feature separate performances by each group, as well as a grand finale with all of the musicians performing together.

Opening the concert will be the Helper Jazz Band, which is comprised of 15 eighth and ninth grade students who auditioned for the privilege of playing in the group. The band will play five selections including "Uncle Milo's Sideshow" by Dean Sorensen; a 1960s hit and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Josef Zawinul; an old favorite.

Next on the concert will be Eastern Utah Jazz, a traditional big band comprised of talented college and community musicians.

Several pieces will be heard on this part of the program: a 1960s song later popularized by the Manhattan Transfer, "Killer Joe" by Benny Golson; a Frank Sinatra favorite, "Chicago" by Fred Fisher; from the 1945 film State Fair, "It Might As Well Be Spring" by Richard Rodgers; two jazz standards, "Embraceable You" and "'S Wonderful" by George Gershwin. Also there will a tribute to band leader Count Basie.

The concert will conclude with the Eastern Utah and Helper bands combining to perform Dean Sorensen's blues-rock arrangement, "Jammin' With Charlie." Directing the evening's performance will be Allen Hughes of Helper Junior High School and Greg Benson of College of Eastern Utah.

Admission to the "An Evening of Swing" concert is free.





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