The IU Jacobs School of Music presents:
Jazz Celebration—Indiana Jazz Legends: Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.
When: 8:00 pm, Saturday, April 26
Where: IU’s Musical Arts Center
Tickets: $10-$25 reserved seating, $8 for students at the Musical Arts Center Box Office and online here.
The Jacobs School of Music presents the annual Jazz Celebration on Saturday, April 26, in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center with a tribute to Indiana Jazz Legends Hoagy Carmichael, Wes Montgomery, and J.J. Johnson.
Louisville vocalist Gayle King will join new IU Jazz faculty members Dave Stryker and Wayne Wallace in the spotlight performing with a 50-piece jazz studio orchestra featuring Jacobs School of Music faculty and students.
“Gayle is a veteran jazz vocalist who really knows how to connect with an audience,” said Tom Walsh, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies Department Chair. “She has a rich and wonderfully expressive voice that reminds me of singers like Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan.”
The orchestra will be led by Brent Wallarab, who created most of the orchestral arrangements specially for this event, including Hoagy Carmichael favorites “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul”. Guitarist Stryker will be heard playing classics by Wes Montgomery with Indianapolis organist Kevin Anker performing on the Jacobs School’s newly refurbished Hammond B-3 organ.
Grammy-nominated trombonist, composer, and arranger Wayne Wallace will lead a Latin jazz octet in an original arrangement of “Shutterbug” by Indianapolis trombone virtuoso J.J. Johnson, and he will be heard with the orchestra playing Johnson’s hauntingly beautiful “Lament”. Rounding out the program is the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Zegree, singing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia”.
This year’s jazz celebration poster and program features photographs by legendary Indiana photographer Duncan Schiedt as a tribute to his life’s work. Schiedt passed away on March 12 of this year.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Come celebrate with us at the Jazz Celebration!