Originally Published: November 8, 2000 7:15 p.m.
Join the Yavapai College Big Band I for an afternoon of swing, blues and "all that jazz" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Yavapai College Performance Hall.
Yavapai College instrumental director Roy Breiling has an electrifying program of standards and surprises certain to keep the audience tapping its toes.
Prescott's growing hunger for jazz has made the Big Band concerts an anticipated portion of the YC Music Department's annual concert series.
The title "Big Band" is somewhat deceptive, in that the standard big band is less than 20 members, as compared to the larger orchestra and band ensembles that average 50 members apiece. Like most big bands, YC's ensemble contains the traditional instrumentation of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, drums, and piano.
According to Breiling, the Big Band will present "a variety of jazz pieces and styles to show the versatility of band."
This program includes selections from a diverse repertoire of 12 tunes. A good number of selections for the afternoon concert will be swing tunes of varying tempi.
The band will perform two medium swing pieces by the famed Sammy Nestico. One such tune, "Fun Time," features David Holle on piano, while another, "Hava Nice Day," features the trumpet section and Holle. To speed things up a bit, the band will also perform David Wolpe's arrangement of "Rock This Town," a fast "rockabilly" swing number recorded by the popular Brian Setzer Orchestra.
No big band concert would be complete without some blues. In addition to David Metzger's "Blues for Johnny," the band will also include a medium blues number by Matt Catingub titled "Lazy Leonard's Blues," featuring tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, and trumpet.
"Bighorn," a Latin samba by Bob Washut, will spice things up a bit in time for the esteemed Bill West to cool things down on flugelhorn with the mellow ballad "Ask Me Now," arranged by Gregory Yasinitsky.
Of special note, June Francois, wife of saxophonist Jack Francois, will share her vocal talent by soloing with her husband's arrangements of popular jazz works.
This concert is an opportunity to hear some of Prescott's finest musicians perform some of the best jazz music ever written.
Tickets are $4 for adults, children 14 and under admitted free of charge. For more information, call 776-2045. For tickets, call 776-2033.