IUP Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble Present Concert Featuring Guitar Soloist

Posted on 11/8/2019 11:18:00 AM

The IUP Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble will present their annual fall jazz concert on Sunday, November 17. The performance will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus, and will begin at 5:00 p.m. The IUP Jazz Band is directed by James Flowers. The IUP Jazz Ensemble is led by Kevin Eisensmith.

The Jazz Band will begin their portion of the concert with Sammy Nestico’s arrangement of “Strike Up the Band.” Also featured will be “Free Food?” by local composer Rick Hirsch, and Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia.”

The Jazz Ensemble will begin their portion of the concert with W. Roy Mitchell’s arrangement of “Back Home Again in Indiana.” This arrangement has served as the ensemble’s “theme song” since 1991. Other works to be performed include Ben Patterson’s arrangement of “Treachery,” “The Phrygian Five” by Alan Baylock, and John Clayton’s “15 Minutes Late.”

Featured soloist for the evening will be John Bagnato, assistant professor of Guitar. As a guitarist living in New Orleans for a decade prior to hurricane Katrina, he performed and toured with Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jr. in Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe and recorded with Mario Adnet, Bill Summers, and Trombone Shorty. He continues to draw from that experience as a performer and researcher of the music of Brazil and Latin America, and is especially interested in the interrelation of these regions’ musical and cultural practices with those of New Orleans. He presented his research on Gottschalk and conducted jazz improvisation workshops in Bahia, Brazil, at the University of Feira de Santana. His interests include jazz, blues, and Latin American concert music for the guitar as well as popular musical styles he plays on the Brazilian cavaquinho

This concert is free and open to the general public.

Join us for an exciting evening of big band jazz! For more information regarding this and other programs, visit the Department of Music website or call 724-357-2390.