Latin jazz concert to rock lunch hour

November 12, 2009

by Jessica Cassels

After 15 years, the annual Jazz Lunch Concert will have a new twist and selections by William “Count” Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Sammie Rollins and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band will be performed.

The concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13, in the Student Center, Main Floor, and is free and open to the public.

Lawrence Gibbs, director of the Tech Jazz Ensemble and an associate professor of music, said he wants everyone to enjoy themselves during the performance.

“I hope everyone brings a meal for lunch into the TONK to take a break from studying for finals,” Gibbs said.
“We just want people to take a break for an hour to listen to the band.”

He added the fall lunch concert has always been successful, and this year will not be any different because of the Latin songs being performed along with the contemporary music.

“The Latin being played is kind of a tip of our hat to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ because they have made Latin music really popular again,” Gibbs said.

Tim Pardue, a sophomore music education major and one of the trumpet solists, said he expects a big turn-out for the concert.

“A lot of us have played in the Jazz Lunch Concert before, and it’s great to be able to play music together that we all enjoy,” Pardue said.

Joseph Garbarino, a sophomore kinesiology major, loves jazz music.

“Jazz is very laid back, and the feeling it gives me will be great to have especially while I take a break from studying for finals,” Garbarino said.

The concert will begin with a blues rendition by William “Count” Basie and end with “Malaguena,” a Latin arrangement by Stan Kenton, Gibbs said.

Jonathan Martinez, a junior music education major and one of the tenor saxophone soloists, said “Malaguena” is his favorite piece to perform.

“The music in this piece is intriguing to the ear,” Martinez said.
“It has a very upbeat tempo and is really powerful and driving. When the audience hears ‘Malaguena,’ I’m sure they will get goose bumps from the euphoria the music will present.”

He added that jazz is more complex than people actually like to believe.

“Jazz is an advanced art form,” Martinez said.
“Even though we haven’t had that many solo practices, I know we will pull through to present a great concert for everyone.”