Jazz bands, choirs liven up Yavapai College
The Yavapai College Performing Arts Department’s upcoming shows feature the Yavapai Youth Choirs, the Choral Union and the college’s jazz bands, the Roughriders and Trailblazers.
All shows will be at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.
The “Give My Regards to Broadway” gala is 7 p.m. Friday, April 27. The show is directed by Arlene Hardy, Michelle Grugert and Scott Neese, and features the Yavapai Youth Choirs. Tickets tickets are $25, available at www.bit.ly/yycgala. Doors open at 6 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
Next -- at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 -- the choirs of Yavapai College explore music from throughout the world with their World Culture concert. Featuring the Master Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers and Community Chorale, tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for Yavapai College students and employees and free for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com or by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office.
The college’s Jazz Retrospective is set for 7 p.m. Monday, April 30. Director Chris Tenney said the show takes a roving look at the history of jazz.
“Rather than go chronologically through the history of jazz … I’ve kind of rearranged it all the way, so that the concert flows in a nice, clean sound,” Tenney said. “But we are getting important composers across the genres.”
He said the retrospective -- which features the college’s two jazz bands, the Trailblazers and the Roughriders -- includes a tribute to Duke Ellington, with “Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing” and “Mood Indigo,” as well as bebop from Dizzy Gillespie and a tribute to Miles Davis, along with contemporary jazz and some examples of how jazz influences pop music.
The show includes an original piece by Dave Russell, a saxophone player with the Trailblazers. “He put together a piece called ‘Soul Shaker,’” Tenney said. “It’s a Latin tune that will be premiered.”
Hardy will also be featured in the Retrospective, singing the George Gershwin tune “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” accompanied by the Roughriders, Tenney said.
He said he doesn’t usually put medleys together, but did for this show to demonstrate the entire genre of jazz, from its roots, right up to the minute. “We have music spanning all the way from the 1920s and 30s and straight on through until the very date of the concert,” Tenney said.
“I always want to present a variety of jazz music, so that everyone has something to go for, but I’ve been trying to put together a thematic concert that allows the listener to maybe think of jazz in an educational setting, as well,” he said. “Whether you’re a jazz buff or not, hopefully you’ll be able to get something out of it and recognize a lot of themes.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Yavapai College students and employees and free for youth under 18 and can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.