UCSB Jazz Ensemble

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

General ($10)
Non-UCSB students with ID ($5)
UCSB students with ID (FREE)*
Children under 12 (FREE)*
UCSB AS Ticket Office: 
(805) 893-2064
UCEN Room 1535 (across from Corwin Pavilion)
*Youth and UCSB student tickets may be reserved in advance by contacting the ticket office.


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
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Directed by Jon Nathan, the UCSB Jazz Ensemble will present its first major concert of the year on the UCSB campus on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Titled "THEN and NOW," this concert will explore large ensemble jazz repertoire in both its original and updated forms, examining five important works from the historical jazz repertoire. All of Me, a standard from the 1920s, is first presented in the famous Billy Byers’ arrangement written for the Count Basie Orchestra, and again as re-imagined by master arranger Thad Jones, himself a veteran of Basie’s band. Two Benny Goodman Band staples will also be featured on the concert. First up is seminal jazz composer’s Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton’s King Porter Stomp, first in original solo piano form and then as arranged by Fletcher Henderson, and then again as arranged by modernist Bob Brookmeyer. One of the most famous works in jazz history, Louis Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing (Parts 1 and 2), is played in not two but three versions: the original by Benny Goodman, a recent arrangement by Jim McNeely written for the great soprano saxophonist David Liebman, and Sing Sang Sung by popular arranger/bandleader Gordon Goodwin.
Published in 1914, W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues was the first blues song to enjoy commercial success, and as such remains a staple of the jazz musician’s repertoire, having been recorded by such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Bessie Smith, and countless others. The song will be presented here in one masterful arrangement written by Gil Evans and recorded in the late 1950s for an album featuring alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderly, New Bottle Old Wine (which coincidentally also features a long lost arrangement of King Porter Stomp).
Finally, Juan Tizol’s melody Caravan, as introduced to the world by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, is introduced as originally sung by Ella Fitzgerald, and again as molded by contemporary arranger Alan Baylock.
The UCSB Jazz Ensemble, in its 24th year under the direction of Jon Nathan, is comprised of students from across the University campus, with departments represented such as Physics, Math, Engineering, Psychology, CCS Music Composition, Economics, and of course Music Performance. The ensemble strives to provide not only an opportunity for students to play this important American music while studying in their non-music chosen fields, but to also challenge music students pursuing a career in music performance as far as their personal growth as musicians is concerned, while at the same time providing an education to performers and audiences about the tradition and legacy of the most important jazz musicians, composers, and arrangers. 
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