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OCU Jazz Big Band Kicks Off Season
The 18-member Oklahoma City University Jazz Big Band kicks off its 2009-10 season with a free concert Oct. 13 featuring music from the libraries of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Louie Bellson, Bill Potts, and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. The performance begins 8 p.m. Tuesday in Petree Recital Hall. The evening begins with “I Love Paris” from Cole Porter, followed by “First Child” by Robert Curnow, Benny Goodman’s “Don't Be That Way,” Duke Ellington’s “In A Mellow Tone,” Porter’s “Love For Sale,” and “Sweets” by Thomas Shabda Noor. An arrangement celebrating the jazz sould of “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin includes “It Ain't Necessarily So,” “My Man's Gone Now” and “Summertime.” The concert concludes with Do Menza’s “Groovin' Hard.” The Jazz Big Band also will perform Dec. 7. The group, under the direction of John P. Allen, is comprised of saxophonists Ryan Nossaman, Lisa Hollowell, Nikki Robbins, Alisha Humphrey and Richard Beam. On trumpet are Ryan Beach, Robert Redmond, Tim James, Mason Tyler and Tomasz Dabrowski. Trombonists are Dusty Higgins, Justin Sechrist, Christopher Hall, Aaron Campbell and Sun He. The rhythm section is Brian Anderson on guitar, Hamilton Pyburn on bass, and Alex Lofland, drums. For information about the jazz program at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, contact Allen at