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OCU Jazz Ensemble Celebrates 50 Years Since "Cuban Fire"
The 50th anniversary of “Cuban Fire,” Stan Kenton’s seminal big band album, is the theme of the April 29 season grand finale for the Oklahoma City University Jazz Ensemble. The 8 p.m. performance in Petree Recital Hall is free and open to the public. “What has come to be known as the ‘Cuban Fire Suite’ is essentially everything that was included on the album in its initial release,” said John P. Allen, director of the ensemble and a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra. “Several more pieces were included on subsequent releases, but we will limit our performance to the seven movements of the original.” Allen said the concert has been “a special project for us... this is wonderful music, and it is music that is not heard often in the concert hall. There is a movement that is favored by the drum corps community (La Suerte de los Tontos) which will be recognizable to some, but this is music that is largely ignored because of the forces necessary for a performance. My sincere thanks to all who have helped to make this possible.” Thursday’s concert will open with two pieces from the library of the "One O’Clock Lab Band" from the University of North Texas, a tune by Rob McConnell called "Runaway Hormones,", a piece called "Hunting Wabbits" by Gordon Goodwin, and “Slow Hot Wind” or “Lujon,” a short piece by Henry Mancini featuring Dusty Higgins on solo trombone. For the latest news and information from the Bass School of Music, join our 1,500 facebook fans at www.facebook.com/bassschoolofmusic .