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Contact: Christine Payton Oct. 24, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
 
U.S. NAVY BAND “COMMODORES” JOIN UL LAFAYETTE'S JAZZ WEEK
 
Jazz Week at UL Lafayette will take place on Nov. 12 – 14 in Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. In addition to showcasing several of UL Lafayette's student jazz groups, the School of Music will host the U.S. Navy Band's top jazz ensemble, the Commodores. Their performance is being co-sponsored by Lafayette Music.

The week kicks off with a performance on Nov. 12 featuring two university jazz groups.

The Jazz Guitar Quintet, directed by Dr. Jeff George, will perform a program of jazz selections arranged specifically for five guitars, bass, and drums. Following the Jazz Guitar Quintet's performance, the university's finest small jazz group, Jazz Combo 1, will perform a program of challenging jazz tunes in a variety of styles. Directed by Dr. Robert Luckey, Jazz Combo 1features the school's most experienced improvisers.

The music continues on Nov. 13 with Jazz Combos 2 and 3. Directed by Dr. Paul Morton, Jazz Combo 2 is comprised of instrumentalists who possess intermediate to advanced improvising skills. Jazz Combo 3, whose director is Dr. Robert Willey, is set up as a training group for students who have little or no experience in improvising. Because of the training that they have received in class, many of these students will eventually move up to a jazz combo that requires a higher level of improvising skills.

The Navy's premier jazz ensemble, the Commodores, will be featured on Nov. 14. A specialty unit of the United States Navy Band in Washington D.C., the group features 18 of the Navy's top jazz and “big band” musicians. Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Philip M. Burlin, the Commodores combine the best of jazz and popular music.

Formed in 1969, the Commodores perform a variety of music ranging from the authentic sounds of the swing era to the contemporary high-energy music of today. In addition to their instrumental numbers, they also feature an outstanding female vocalist, Yolanda C. Pelzer.

Admission to the jazz concerts on Nov. 12 and 13 is: $6 general admission; $4 for senior citizens; free for UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff with ID; and free for children under the age of 6. There is no admission charge for the concert by the Commodores on Nov. 14; however, everyone is encouraged to pick up a complimentary ticket to insure a good seat. Ticket holders will be seated first. Complimentary tickets can be obtained at Room 120 Angelle Hall, intersection of McKinley and St. Mary, or Lafayette Music, 3700 Johnston Street. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall.

For more information call either 482-6012 or 984-3700.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Document last revised Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:47 AM

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