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A Jazz Directive: ‘Stop! You’re Under a Rest!’

Jazz Ensemble performs swing jazz pieces, including “American Patrol” and “Switch in Time,” among others.

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The Alma College Jazz Ensemble presents its annual fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62+, and free for Alma College staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. For ticket information, call (989) 463-7304.

The performance will consist of swing jazz pieces, including “American Patrol” and “Switch in Time,” among others.

“Our opening number is called, ‘Jazz Police,’” says Jeff Ayres, faculty director. “This title led me to the name of our concert – ‘Stop! You’re Under a Rest!’”

In late October, the Jazz Ensemble performed at a dance for the Alma College Swing Dance Club. Rehearsal time was used primarily for this event, so much of the music is incorporated into the concert.

Sam Lindeman, a senior from Greenville, will sing with the ensemble on the pieces “Cheek to Cheek” and “Minnie the Moocher.” Bridget Eschelman, a senior from Rockford, will perform a flute solo in which she hums and plays simultaneously in the Latin piece “Marketplace.”

“Whether you think you like jazz or not, there will be songs you recognize,” says Ayres. “This music is constantly used in movies and commercials. Most of what we chose for our concert is from the top 40 of swing jazz.”

Story published on November 04, 2019