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NSU Jazz Orchestra to perform songs by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman Oct. 10
By David West

NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra will present its first concert of the 2012-13 year Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Galindo Rodriguez directs the Jazz Orchestra.

Members of the Jazz Orchestra are saxophonists Leslie Loanzon of Gonzales, Justin Lindsay and Neil Cosby of Shreveport, Tajh Derosier of White Plains, N.Y., Emmet Chamberlain of Wills Point, Texas, and Glen Weideman of Arlington, Texas, trumpeters Andrew Benjamin of Arlington, Texas, Christopher Williams of Delcambre, Johnathan Nichols of Natchitoches, Max Spedale of New Orleans and Kazue Seo of Kagawa, Japan.

Also in this year’s Jazz Orchestra are trombonists Amanda Crump of Baton Rouge, Kyle Carlock of DeRidder, Craig Flynn of Bossier City and Kyle Clay of Arlington, Texas. The rhythm section includes pianists Michael Walter of DeRidder, Jose Antonio Hernandez of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Mike Johnson of Robinson, Texas on guitar, Adam Leblanc and Michael Herren of Shreveport on bass and Kali Broussard of Abbeville and Jimmy Leach of Longview, Texas, on drums.

The Jazz Orchestra will play In the Mood by Joe Garland with arrangement by Glenn Miller featuring Williams, A String of Pearls by Jerry Gray featuring Williams, Stompin’ at the Savoy by Benny Goodman, Andy Razaf, Chick Webb and Edgar Sampson and arranged by Michael Sweeney.

The program will also include Harlem Airshaft by Duke Ellington and transcribed by David Berger featuring Carlock, Williams, Cosby and Nichols, In a Sentimental Mood by Ellington and arranged by Mike Tomaro featuring Cosby, What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and David Weiss and arranged by Bob Secor and featuring Nichols.

Also on the program are Moten Swing by Benny Moten and arranged by Nestico, Secret Love by Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain and arranged by Dave Wolpe and featuring Crump, Carlock, Flynn and Clay, A Salute to Glenn Miller including Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and Little Brown Jug and featuring Weideman, Woodchopper’s Ball by Joe Bishop and Woody Herman and That Old Black Magic by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen and arranged by Billy May.