GAMBIER — The Kenyon Jazz Ensemble, including some Knox County
musicians, will perform as a big band and in combos Saturday, Nov. 7,
with varied selections by Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, the singer from
Radiohead and many others.
The group’s fall concert at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive, is free and open to the public.
the direction of Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, the big band will
perform what is arguably Corea’s best-known composition, “Spain.”
Buehrer said two additional compositions refer to places: Ellington's
"Oclupaca" from his “Latin American Suite” album and Al Jolson's 1920s
standard "Avalon," which references the resort city on Catalina Island
in California. He noted that "Oclupaca" is "Acapulco" spelled backward
and said the ensemble will play a more contemporary arrangement of
Local musicians join the group when there are not
enough students to play all the parts, Buehrer said. “I enjoy working
with community members to fill out the big band,” he said.
between the big band selections will be small combo performances of
songs as wide-ranging as "Stompin' at the Savoy," a swing tune from the
1930s, to "The Eraser,” a 2006 song by Radiohead bandleader Thom Yorke.