NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College jazz groups are set for their lively and popular annual spring event, Jazz on the Green. Weather permitting, the audience will enjoy both jazz and the beauty of spring at this free outdoor concert.
Jazz on the Green will be Wednesday, May 14, at 8 p.m. on the Green in the center of campus, or in Memorial Hall in case of bad weather. Listeners are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on.
Jazz Ensemble II will open the program with “Misty” by Erroll Garner, “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham and “Loose Ends” by Blake Long, senior from Moran.
Jazz Ensemble I will follow with a program that draws heavily from the Count Basie library, including such classics as “Shiny Stockings” by Frank Foster and “Hay Burner” and “It’s Oh So Nice” by Sammy Nestico, as well as “Tears in Her Eyes” by Mike Tomaro, “Naima” by John Coltrane and “I Be Serious ’Bout Dem Blues” by John Clayton.
In addition to great music, Bethel assistant professor of music and director of the ensembles James Pisano promises, “There will also be a surprise guest trumpet soloist.”
Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I personnel are: saxophones, Kyle Claassen, Andover, Evan Fast, Goessel, Brett Jackson, North Newton, Joel Linscheid, North Newton, and Heather Robertsen, Newton; trombones, Benjamin Harder, Hesston, Christian Loganbill, Wichita, Rob Tierney, Hesston (Bethel College music faculty member), and Andrew Toews, North Newton; trumpets, Alex Boldt, Parlier, Calif., Aaron Linscheid, North Newton, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Ryan Stutzman, Westminster, Colo., and Kyle Unruh, Goessel; French horn, Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence; bass, Michael Voth, Topeka; drums, Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; guitar, Bradley McKellip, Newton; and piano, Ben Stucky, Moon Township, Pa.
Bethel College Jazz Ensemble II personnel are: saxophones, Brent Badawieh, Parsons, and Amy Flax, Brownell; bass, Monica Schmidt, Mount Hope; guitar, Blake Long, Moran; and drums, David Kautz, Hesston (Hesston College student).
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.