Ending the year with a vast repertoire, the Performing and Communications Arts Division will present "All that Jazz" on Friday in the Sexson Auditorium.


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Ending the year with a vast repertoire, the Performing and Communications Arts Division will present “All that Jazz” on Friday in the Sexson Auditorium.

“[The performance will be] really fun. [There will be] two big bands; the vocal ensemble and the studio Lancer Band,” said Andrea Wilkerson, director of the two jazz bands.

The event will showcase the studio jazz and Lancer vocal jazz ensemble, both directed by Wilkerson, and the Lancer jazz big band, directed by Greg Jasperse.

Emcee James Janisse who emcees his own pop show on the Internet will host the performances.

The jazz bands will perform a varying mix of contemporary and classic tunes. According to Wilkerson, the program will be an eclectic one featuring ‘funk rock’ and jazz.

“Lancer Jazz [band] will be playing Count Bassey, a Latin tune called ‘Samba del Gringo,’ a Buddy Rich number featuring tenor players,” said Wilkerson.

“[The] Studio [band] will be playing the theme from Superman and a Steely Dan song.”

Guest vocalists for the night include Patrick O’ Conner and Jennifer Luna who also performed with the jazz ensembles in the previous folk show, Suites to Sambas.

A staff performance is set by Mary Durst, instructor of music, who also performs at Café 322 in Sierra Madre.

“It’s a great show, a culmination of work,” said Wilkerson.

“We’re wrapping up a productive year.”

Tickets will be on sale at the door at $5 for general admission and $3 for students, seniors, and staff.

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