The Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble will present their Winter Quarter Concert on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College. This is a great, free opportunity to hear live jazz (composed between 1928-1982) in a quiet, smoke-free setting in one of the most acoustically splendid concert halls in the Northwest.
Robbin Eaves (of Joyce) and Olga Palenga (Port Angeles) will be singing tunes composed by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Luis Bonfa, Kenny Dorham and Thad Jones (the lovely “A Child is Born”). The 17-piece PC Jazz Ensemble will add more music by George Gershwin and Kenny Dorham in addition to scores by Thelonious Monk, Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson including two new arrangements by the band’s director, David P. Jones.
The group is currently a full jazz big band (4 woodwinds, 3 trumpets, 1 French Horn, 1 trombone, 1 bass trombone/tuba, 2 euphoniums and rhythm section) and the various arrangements take full advantage of the many possible colors of jazz. The performers in this band represent some of the very best jazz that the North Olympic Peninsula has to offer.
From Port Angeles are Olga Palenga (clarinet, piano and vocals), Bob Bailey (alto sax), Dick “Doc” Thorson (tenor sax), WesLee Laughman (trumpet), Garrett Marshall (trumpet), Sebastian Tolle-Meyer (French horn), Clare Wegener (euphonium), Ron Daylo (trombone), Joy Imanuel (drums) and David Jones (keyboards/director). From Sequim are Bob Hagan (trumpet), Reuben Moon (bass trombone) and Nicia Pfeffer (drums). John Adams (alto sax/bass clarinet) represents Port Townsend, while Gerardo Reyes (euphonium) hails from Forks. Bassist, John Sanders, lives in Quilcene and drummer, Tor Brandes, makes the trek all the way from Neah Bay.
The musical styles of the full band selections range from three titans of the American Song Book (Gershwin, Porter and Arlen) through bossa novas and jazz classics of the 1950’s-1960’s (Monk, Zawinul, Dorham and Thad Jones) all the way up to three modern masters: Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. Guests will not travel this many highways and byways of the jazz repertoire at a single show anywhere else on NOP.
Dean for Arts and Humanities, Dr. Bruce Hattendorf outlines the importance of the arts at Peninsula College in a blog at the following link: http://blog.pencol.edu/why-we-value-the-arts-at-peninsula-college/.
For more information, contact Dr. Jones at (360)-417-6405 or at firstname.lastname@example.org