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SFA jazz bands' to present join concert

February 23, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands in a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Deb Scott, SFA assistant professor of music, the Swingin' Aces will perform Mark Taylor's "Tribute to Miles," which is a medley of famous jazz pieces by Miles Davis, including "So What," "All Blues," "Seven Steps to Heaven" and "Milestones."

The Aces will also present Alan Baylock's "Two Seconds to Midnight," Thad Jones' "This Bass Was Made for Walking" and Les Hooper's "Shuffluphagass."

Under the direction of Gary Wurtz, SFA associate professor of music, the Swingin' Axes will perform a concert composed mostly of upbeat Latin and rock influenced charts, including a mambo arrangement of Clifford Brown's "Blues Walk" and a thickly orchestrated arrangement of Pat Metheny's "Song for Bilbao."

Not to ignore the more traditional styles, the group will also perform "I Be Serious 'Bout Them Blues" as played by the Los Angeles-based Clayton Hamilton Big Band.

Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.