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Northview bands set for annual Jazz Café

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Northview High School Jazz Bands will present their annual Jazz Café Tuesday, at 7 p.m., in the NHS cafeteria.

Admission cost is $3.

The Jazz Café features the NHS Jazz Bands performing big band music in a night club-like setting. The Audience will be seated banquet-style and soft drinks and snacks will be served throughout the performances.

The bands will perform music in a wide variety of jazz styles, including Swing, Latin, Fusion and Blues. Featured selections from Jazz 1 will include "Switch In Time," "That Warm Feeling," and "Hot Sauce," amongst other selections.

Jazz 2 will perform selections, including "Two Thumbs Up," and "El Tigre," among other selections.

As always, the Jazz Café will conclude with a jam session on the blues tune, "Sweet Home Chicago."

This year's event will feature Indiana University jazz professor/trombonist Brent Wallarab. Since 1991, Wallarab has been lead trombonist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the jazz orchestra in residence at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

As lead trombonist, he specializes in recreating the entire spectrum of jazz brass styles. In 1992, Wallarab was appointed Specialist in Jazz for the Smithsonian Institution and serves as transcriber, researcher, editor and advisor for the Smithsonian's extensive jazz program.

He has transcribed and edited more than 300 masterworks for jazz orchestra and is considered one of the leading authorities on historical composition for jazz orchestras such as Duke Ellington, Sy Oliver, Fletcher Henderson and Gil Evans. He has been instrumental in cataloguing and identifying many pieces from the Ellington archives housed at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wallarab is in demand for his ability as a composer and arranger in many styles.

His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the New York Pops Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

His jazz arrangements have been performed and recorded by Bobby Short, J.J. Johnson, Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter, Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody and more. Wallarab has also written for the Count Basie Orchestra.

He is currently on the faculty at IU's Jacobs School of Music and has been a featured clinician and soloist at many jazz festivals around the country.

He has been the guest conductor of the Indiana and Wisconsin All-State Honors Jazz Ensembles and has been artist-in-residence at the Gauteng Arts Center, Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Abbytown Jazz Orchestra, in Sesto-di-Regina, Italy.

The students were divided into bands based on ability and experience and several seventh- and eighth-grade students from the middle school also were included as well.

Two local band directors and Brazil natives, Norm Hanson and Curt Koehler, share the responsibility of directing Jazz 2.

Members of NHS Jazz Band 2 include Wyatt Baysinger, Brandon Rost, Jacob Jenkins, Caleb McGinty, Pierce Ross on alto saxophone, Grant Heald, Tyler Jenkins on trumpet, Natascha Bowles, Tommy Raab and Joey Hartley on trombone, Joe Varvel on bass, Brandon Rothrock on drums and Dakota Jones on piano.

Members of NHS Jazz Band 1 include Brad Harting and Chelsea Pell on alto sax, Katrina McQuade on tenor saxophone and Kyle Rice on baritone saxophone, Katherine McDonald, Katie Sears, Zac Orten and Seth Hughes on trumpet, Elliott Trackwell, Taylor Hanson, Ryan Beasley and Zeb Thomas on trombone, Chase Shields on bass, Jared Peper on guitar, Dan Reberger on drums and Hallie Harbison on piano.



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