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Mojo's to host an evening of Bethel jazz

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A favorite music venue on the Bethel College campus plays host to three of the college’s jazz groups March 14.

Jazz Ensemble II and Jazz Combos I and II will play at Mojo’s Coffee Shop that evening starting at 7. Joel Linscheid directs Jazz Ensemble II and James Pisano directs the jazz combos.

Jazz Ensemble II will play two by Sammy Nestico, “Front Burner” and “Jamie”; “Aim High” by Fred Sturm; “Una Mas” by Kenny Dorham, arranged by Michael Mossman; and “Cottontail” by Duke Ellington, arranged by Mark Taylor.

Personnel are: saxophones, Jacob Anderson, sophomore from Newton, Aaron Long, freshman from Wichita, Alona Crigger, freshman from Melbourne Beach, Florida, Jesus Martinez, freshman from Newton, Ryan Fritz, sophomore from Salina, and Reece Hiebert, sophomore from Walton; trumpets, Gabe Johnson, freshman from Abilene, Alec Loganbill, freshman from Hesston, Isaac Dunn, junior from Fresno, California, and Abby Phillips, junior from Maple Hill; trombones, Nate Kroeker, freshman from Augusta, Seth Larson, sophomore from Wichita, Zane McHugh, sophomore from Wichita, and Ben Carlson, junior from Hurley, South Dakota; bass, Eli Brockway, freshman from McPherson; piano, Mika Patron, senior from North Newton; and drums, Adam Kauth, sophomore from Iola, and Charles Lenley, freshman from Kansas City, Missouri.

Bethel also has two jazz combos. The smaller group size allows for more individual improvisation in playing.

Jazz Combo I will play “What Do You Say Dr. J” by James Williams; “Ms. B.C.” by Pamela Watson; “I Remember You” by Johnny Mercer, arranged by John Fedchock; and “Confidentiality” by Roy Hargrove.

Personnel are Neil Smucker, sophomore from North Newton, on alto sax and flute; Westen Gesell, junior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, on tenor sax; Tim Regier, senior from Newton, on trumpet; Jayce Yoder, freshman from Topeka, on guitar; Eli Brockway on bass; Adam Voth, senior from Goddard, on drums; and Ian Gingrich-Gaylord on piano.

Jazz Combo II’s set list is “Dat Dere” by Bobby Timmons, “But Beautiful” by Jimmy Van Heusen and “Caravan” by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol.

Personnel are Grace Bradley, senior from Derby, on violin; Billie Selichnow, sophomore from Wichita, on trombone; Matt Lind, junior from Harrisonburg, Virginia, on alto sax; Matthew Graber, junior from Freeman, South Dakota, on piano; Jayce Yoder on bass; and Charles Lenley on drums.

To keep up with other jazz events this school year, look for (and “Like”) Bethel College Jazz Studies on Facebook.

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