The University of Central Arkansas Jazz Ensembles will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Performing on the concert will be the UCA Dixieland Band directed by Jackie Lamar, Jazz Ensemble II directed by Steven Smyth, and Jazz Ensemble I directed by Larry Jones.
The UCA Dixieland Band will feature several dance tunes from the 1910s and 1920s to include The Charleston and Ballin’ The Jack. These period tunes will be demonstrated by dancers David and Donna Peterson of Greenbrier and Marcus Coker and Janie Austin of Momentum Dance Concepts of Fort Smith.
Jazz Ensemble II will perform Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia, Duke Ellington’s Harlem Airshaft, Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin and Polka Dots and Moonbeams by Johnny Burke.
Joining Jazz Ensemble I on the concert is Jazz Drummer, John Riley. John has a bachelor of music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a master of music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop, and has taught master classes around the world. The program will be selected from Basically Blues, Jersey Bounce, Dark-town Strutter’s Ball, Heyburger and Nica’s Dream.
The concert is free, and the public is invited.