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Jazz on the Green means it's spring at Bethel

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel jazz groups have had a busy several weeks, which they’ll cap off with the annual end-of-semester Jazz on the Green concert May 7.

The event starts at 8 p.m. with the audience invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating (the concert has been moved to Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center due to unfavorable weather).

Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo I traveled to the KC Jazz Summit, April 24 at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and the Wichita Jazz Festival, April 25 at Wichita State University, with a stop in between to play a special program at Lawrence High School.

Joel Linscheid, director of jazz studies at Bethel, also took his auditioned honors high school jazz group, the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble, to the Wichita Jazz Festival.

“I’m looking forward to the Jazz on the Green concert,” Linscheid said. “It’s always a great way to end the school year. It’s a neat setting, and hopefully the weather is good so the community can enjoy a night sitting outside listening to some great jazz music.

“Both jazz ensembles will play. We’ll play some new tunes, but also reprise a few of our favorites that we’ve played throughout this school year. The concert will also feature seniors who are graduating this spring” – Danny Barrera, Joel Boettger, Evan Koch, Carl Lehmann and Rebecca Trumble.

Jazz Ensemble II opens the evening with “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis, arranged by Roger Holmes; “Bubbert Goes Undercover” and “Bubbert in Love” (tributes to the perennial and elusive Bethel prankster, Herman Bubbert) by Mike Steinel, a former Bethel artist-in-residence; and “September,” a piece made famous by the group Earth, Wind & Fire and arranged by Mark Taylor.

Jazz Ensemble I’s program is “Shiny Stockings” by Frank Foster; “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” by Mercer Ellington; “Spectrum” by Bob Mintzer; “A Child is Born” and “Little Pixie” by Thad Jones; and “Manteca” by Dizzy Gillespie, arranged by Mike Tomaro.

Jazz Ensemble II personnel are: Jacob Anderson, Newton, alto saxophone; Ryan Fritz, Salina, tenor saxophone; Chase Ebeling, Hutchinson, baritone saxophone; Ben Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota, valve trombone; Isaac Dunn, Fresno, California, Jason Friesen, Inman, and Ethan Knight, Moundridge, trumpets; Mika Patron, North Newton, piano; Joe Kondziola, North Newton, bass; and Dalton Smith, Burrton, drums.

Jazz Ensemble I personnel are: Danny Barrera, Newton, Joel Boettger, Hesston, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carl Lehmann, Marion, South Dakota, and Matt Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia, saxophones; Josh Janzen, Aurora, Nebraska, Andrew Thiesen, Newton, Rebecca Trumble, Newton, and Issei Tsuji, Chiba-shi, Japan, trombones; Kyle Doesken, Derby, Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tim Regier, Newton, and Braden Unruh, Goessel, trumpets; Adam Voth, Goddard, drums; Landon Bartel, bass; and Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, piano.

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