UAM jazz bands to present annual fall concert

MONTICELLO — The music of jazz legends Harry James, Benny Goodman and Count Basie will be part of the program when the University of Arkansas at Monticello Jazz ensembles present their annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jazz Bands I, II and III will headline the evening, which will also include light jazz by small combos before the concert, between bands and at intermission.

Jazz Band III, under the direction of John Webb, will lead off the concert with four selections, including James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” as well as “If You Can’t Rock Me,” “The Chicken,” and “Show Me The Way To Go Home.”

Jazz Band II, directed by C.E. “Claude” Askew, will present “Back in Blue Orleans,” Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Stay Loose with Bruce,” “Soul Vaccination,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

UAM’s premier jazz ensemble, Jazz Band I, under the direction of Gary Meggs, will perform “Straight No Chaser,” “Remember Clifford,” “Mama Llama Samba,” “A Time For Love,” “The Point of No Return,” and jazz standard, “Two O’Clock Jump” made famous by James, Goodman and Basie.

Tuesday’s concert is the last on-campus performance by Jazz Band I before the group embarks on a performance tour of China March 19 through April 1.

For more information, contact the Division of Music at 870-460-1060.