HSU Jazz Orchestra’s Positive Sweat and Awful Coffee

HSU Jazz Orchestra cooks “Awful Coffee” and exudes “Positive Sweat” in its adventurous concert of contemporary big band jazz, with originals by current and recent HSU students, on Saturday May 7 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

“Awful Coffee” is by contemporary jazz composer Carla Bley, from her album tribute to the Big Band era. “Walking By Flashlight” by Maria Schneider is from this year’s Grammy winner for a large ensemble jazz album.

Other selections on the Jazz Orchestra playlist include an Ellington-inflected piece by David Berger, Pedro Giraudo’s “El Cuento Que Te Cuento,” and a medley of “Samba de Orfeo” from the 1959 film “Black Orpheus” and a Louis Armstrong tune from the late 1920s by acclaimed arranger Oded Lev-Ari.

“Positive Sweat (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Funk)” by Jazz Orchestra member Kyle McInnis is one of three HSU originals. The others are by recent alums Ryan Woempner (“Jibber Jabber”) and Dan Fair (“Omar.”)

The HSU Jazz Orchestra performs on Saturday May 7 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus. Tickets are $8, $5 seniors and children, free to HSU students with ID, from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. More information: http://HSUMusic.blogspot.com. Directed by Dan Aldag, produced by HSU Music department.