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