Big Band Jazz at HSU Dec. 6 and 8 - Humboldt State Now

Big Band Jazz at HSU Dec. 6 and 8

Jazz of different styles and from different eras gets the big band treatment in two concerts by HSU ensembles: the AM Jazz Band on Thursday, Dec. 6 and the Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The AM Jazz Band plays tunes by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, as well as by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. They also feature an original composition by Armando Rivera called “Pescados Frescos.”

In their Saturday concert, the HSU Jazz Orchestra performs a medley of two compositions compiled by contemporary “free jazz” pioneer Carla Bley, plus an arrangement of a hymn by the iconoclastic American composer Carl Ruggles.

The concert also features tunes by Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt. Though Benny Carter arranged his tune “Doozy” for big band in the 1980s, Jazz Orchestra director Dan Aldag calls it “a foundational piece” that has all the features of classic 1930s big band music, including room for several solos.

Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $7, $3 and free to HSU students with an ID from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Directed by Dan Aldag and produced by the HSU Music Department. For more information, visit