‘Dem Bones’ Features Familiar Tunes with a Jazz Twist

Spring jazz concert includes “Hey Jude,” “Tuning Up” and “Superstition.”

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The Alma College Jazz Ensemble will highlight the trombone section during its annual spring performance. The program will include several numbers featuring trombone solos.

The concert, titled “’Dem Bones,” takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

The program will include “Tuning Up” by Toshiko Akiyoshi and “Lassus Trombone” by Henry Fillmore. “Misty” by Erroll Garner, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Come Fly with Me” by James Van Heusen and “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble also will be performed.

Additionally, the ensemble will play “Grenada Smoothie” by Mark Taylor, “Take Five” by Paul Desmond and “Raw Bones” by Dave Wolpe. Concluding the performance will be “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” by John DeBello and “Hey Jude” by Paul McCartney.

“As I usually do, I picked music that is almost too difficult,” says director Jeff Ayres. “However, our band is solid with a good number of musicians returning from last semester.”

Student members include:

  • Brandon Bruce, Kewadin junior
  • Mark Danks, Cheboygan junior
  • Benjamin Elliot, Mount Pleasant junior
  • Bridget Eschleman, Rockford sophomore
  • Eric Ferrara, Livonia junior
  • Sarah Garrod, Haslett sophomore
  • Jacob Holt, Howell sophomore
  • Jordan Jackson, Redford first-year student
  • Samuel Lindeman, Cedar Springs sophomore
  • Natasha Netzley, Breckenridge first-year student
  • Jacob Reagan, Lowell first-year student
  • Luke Reed, Benzonia sophomore
  • Orlando Reyes, Harrison sophomore
  • Chloe Sheler, Breckenridge first-year student
  • Josh Stepke, Burtchville sophomore
  • Zavien Stickler, Essexville junior

Also performing with the ensemble is Alma High School student Katherine Dvorak, Michigan State University student Grant Teeple and Alma College alumnus Christian Gilbert.

Story published on March 28, 2018