Jazz Ensemble Presents Spring Concert May 4

Unity Chapel of Light, Orcutt

APRIL 10, 2014 -- The Allan Hancock College Jazz Ensemble will present its annual spring concert on Sunday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Unity Chapel of Light in Orcutt.

Under the direction of Chuck Osborne, the 23-member big band includes piano, bass, guitar, drums, trumpets, trombones and saxophones.  The band encompasses musicians ranging in age from teens to “seasoned adults.”

The evening will feature a variety of solos by band members performing the following numbers and more:

  • “Kindred Spirits,” composed and arranged by Gary Urwin
  • “I Won’t Dance,” by Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein and Otto Harbach; arranged by Neal Hefti
  • “Out of Commission,” by Gordon Goodwin
  • “Sway,” English lyrics by Norman Gimbel; Spanish lyrics and music by Pablo Beltran Ruiz; arranged by Mark Taylor
  • “Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, arranged by Dave Wolfe
  • “Vanity Fair,” by Joe Elefante

Osborne joined the college’s fine arts department in 2000 as the jazz ensemble director.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from San Francisco State University, and a master’s degree in education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Previously, he was the band director at Arroyo Grande and Righetti high schools.

The Allan Hancock College Jazz Band performs two major concerts each academic year, one each in the fall and spring. 

Admission is free; $10 donations are welcomed and are used to purchase new music and equipment for the band.  The church is located at 1165 Stubblefield Road in Orcutt.

For more information about the concert, contact the fine arts department at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3252.

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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014