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Band, ensemble plan for jazzy evening

Band, ensemble plan for jazzy evening
The Lookout

By Hannah Anderson
A&E Editor

The LCC Jazz Band, directed by Jon Gewitz, and the LCC Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble, directed by Kelly Stuible-Clark, are putting on “An Evening of Jazz” Friday, March 3.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in Dart Auditorium and admission is free.

The Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble will perform about four pieces, according to Clinton O’Jibway, who is a part of both groups.

Michael Keifer, a bass singer for the ensemble, said the ensemble will perform the classic song “Blue Skies.”

“We’ll be doing four very old, well-known, classical jazz songs,” Keifer said. “Just a good compilation of things people have always heard in commercials. They’ve used them over and over throughout the decades.”

Gewitz said the Jazz Band will feature music from Duke Ellington and others, and the style of the concert will be “big band swing.” Gewitz said rehearsals have been going well.

“(The band) is a really good mix of people with experience and people trying to gain experience,” said Gewitz. “I absolutely enjoy working with all the members of the band.”

Gregory Brown, who is singing with the jazz ensemble and playing instruments for the band, said he thinks anyone will enjoy the concert.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to just learn a little bit about other styles of music people might not be into or take in even more about something they already like,” Brown said.

Keifer added he saw music as an opportunity to bring joy to the lives of all people.

“Music is a very positive, human, universal language, and it brings people together,” Keifer said. “I highly encourage all students to come and hear it, and maybe get our take on some familiar tunes they’ve heard in the past.”

For more information on the event, call Performing Arts Production Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to http://lcc.edu/cma/events/

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