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Fall Big Band Concert swings, bops Thursday

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Media Contact: Teresa Newton

ARLINGTON - The annual Fall Big Band Concert will have audience members tapping their toes starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble will perform tunes by classic and contemporary composers.

The bands will be conducted by Tim Ishii and Daniel Cavanaugh, respectively. Both are associate professors of music.

The term “big band” refers to 18- to 20-piece jazz orchestras that play everything from swing to bebop to Latin, Ishii said.

Big bands became popular in the 1940s, when Frank Foster wrote for the Count Basie Orchestra and bands such as those of the Dorsey brothers — Tommy and Jimmy — dominated the airwaves, he added. But big band has grown since that time, with contemporary composers and arrangers such as James Miley bringing new energy to the genre.

“We’re playing a range of composers and arrangers, but most of it is modern big band,” Ishii said.

Quamon Fowler, tenor saxophonist and Fort Worth native, will perform with the Jazz Orchestra. Fowler was recently named a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.

Admission is $5 general admissions and $3 students and seniors.

Contact (817) 272-3471 or music@uta.edu for more details.

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