Jazz band plays first gig of the year

Ensemble highlights the importance of jazz at ASU

By Ashley Rodriguez
On November 1, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Luke Shinkle, saxophonist, passionately plays his improvised solo. The Big Band jazz concert took place in the ASU auditorium and was open to students, faculty and the community.

The ASU Big Band jazz ensemble on Oct. 22 per­formed their first concert of the year in the auditorium of the Mayer Administra­tion Building.

The ensemble played a to­tal of eight songs, including “Binky” by Michael League, “Woodchoppers Ball” by Joe Bishop and Woody Her­man, “Cute” by Neal Hefti and “Nutville” by Horace Silver. The performance also included instrumental solos from the trombone, saxophone, trumpet and rhythm sections.

Junior Adrian Ortega said he enj oye d the eve­ning of music.

“It’s just super lively,” Ortega said. “It’s always a treat to watch the ASU Jazz ensemble. Lots of color­ful sounds”.

Ortega said his favorite part of the concert was a drum duet toward the end of the performance.

“Both had solos and passed time between each other,” he said. “It was interesting how they communicated on stage.”

The ASU Big Band, which includes fine arts students and Ram Band members, is directed by Trent Shuey, assistant director of bands. Shuey said it took about two months to put the event to­gether and highlighted the im­portance of the jazz program at ASU.

“[Jazz] is really the only American-derived art form in all of music that we have,” he said. “The reason I think it’s so important here at ASU is for the students to get that experience playing Ameri­can-born music.”

The next performance from the ASU Big Band jazz ensemble will be Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

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