Spring Serenade-Jazz Ensemble
Writer: Evan Parker
May 3, 2006
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The award-winning City College Jazz ensemble, fresh from its trip last weekend to the International Reno Jazz Festival, is ready to end the spring semester with a jazzy bang.
“The Jazz Ensembles is in top performing form,” said Music Instructor and jazz trumpeter, James Mooy.
The City College Jazz Ensemble consists of three smaller groups, each with a different level of expertise.
Music Instructor Eric Heidner, who also conducts the Concert Band, will conduct the Lunchbreak Jazz Band. This group is a mix of students and faculty, which has consistently taken top honors at the community college division of the Reno International Jazz Festival
Mooy conducts the Good Times Big Band, which has received exceptional praise for its performance at the Fullerton College Jazz Festival as well as the Reno International Jazz Festival. The final group to perform will be the incomparable Monday Madness Big Band, conducted by legendary jazz artist, Isaac Jenkins. These local professional musicians take on the most challenging literature of the jazz genre.
“Monday Madness Big Band is never disappointing,” said Mooy. “It’s a real highlight to every concert we do.”
“The soloist in the Monday Madness are ridiculously fun to listen to,” he added.
Dr. Charles Wood, Music Professor and lead trumpet in the Lunchbreak band, calls the City College music department one of the finest community college programs anywhere.
“The teachers here are what I like to call Artist-Teachers,” explains Wood, “Extremely diverse people who can perform as well as teach.”
The concert is at 7 p.m. Monday in the Garvin Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general, and $6 for students and seniors.