Yavapai College big bands to perform an 'Evening of Jazz'
The Yavapai College big bands The Trailblazers and The Roughriders will perform "An Evening of Jazz" at the YC Performing Arts Center 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.
Admission is $7 and children under age 14 are free. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling 776-2000 during business hours. The Performing Arts Center and box office are located at 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott.
Directed by Dr. Roy Breiling, the Trailblazers and Roughriders are opening this fall season with big band sounds and selections. Soloists the audience will hear from the Roughriders are Frank Konsevich on alto saxophone and Bill Bowers on trombone. Included in the Roughriders' jazz pieces are "Hay Burner," a bright jazz-style chart by Sammy Nestico, and the "Theme from 'The Summer of '42,'" an award-winning song from the movie of the same name. Adding some fun from the amphibian family, the Roughriders will close with a humorous piece called "Crunchy Frog."
After a short intermission, the Trailblazers will present a mixture of well-known numbers and some less often heard favorites. Featured soloists include Bill West on trumpet and David Russell on tenor saxophone. Included in the Trailblazers' repertoire is a dance tune called "Attitude Dancing," followed by a blues tune, "Curly Q's Blues," and "The End of a Love Affair." Following this will be a chart by famous jazz composer Thad Jones called the "Big Dipper."
Not to be outdone by the Roughriders frog music, the Trailblazers will end their program with "Hunting Wabbits."