Nils Landsberg answers readily and doesn’t mince words: “It’s going to be a toe-tapping good time.”

As director of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Jazz Ensemble, he’s quick to emphasize the feel-good music his student musicians will perform at Tuesday’s concert. Billed as “Song & Jazz,” the event will combine UMHB’s 19-piece big band with six vocalists in a program full of classics from the great American songbook.

For this, the group’s final performance of the school season, auditions were held for singing hopefuls.

“We had about a dozen students try out,” Landsberg said, “and ended up with six who will perform as soloists with the band.”

UMHB’s jazz ensemble consists of undergraduates “with a variety of majors — most are music majors, but we have English, psychology and other fields of study represented. There are two seniors, one a band member and the other a vocalist,” he added.

The repertoire will reprise classic perennials from the swing era of popular music, including “Come Fly With Me,” a nod to Frank Sinatra; Bobby Darin’s big hit “Beyond The Sea”; torch songs like “Stormy Weather” and the Ernie Wilkins musical arrangement of “Moten Swing” as recorded by Count Basie.

The 60-minute concert will take place in Hughes Recital Hall, a cozy auditorium nestled within Presser Hall, and is free and open to the public.

“Audiences always enjoy hearing these classics,” Landsberg said. “It’s a great way to end the school season with a smile.”

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.