With song titles like "Funkalicious" and "Holy Habanero," an upcoming concert presented by PSU musicians and some special guests promises to offer a jazzy good time.
The PSU Jazz Ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Memorial Auditorium. Three groups will perform, including PSU Jazz 1 and 2 and the visiting KMEA District 2 Jazz Ensemble.
PSU Jazz 1 will be directed by Dr. Robert Kehle and student Chris Shockley, while PSU Jazz 2 will be directed by Professor Todd Hastings. The KMEA District 2 Jazz Ensemble will be directed by saxophonist Lisa Hittle, jazz director at Friends University in Wichita.
Hittle is in her 19th year at Friends University, where she directs two full jazz ensembles, several jazz combos, and teaches jazz improvisation classes and applied saxophone. She also formed and manages the Jazz Friends Community Big Band.
Hittle was selected by the Wichita Arts Council as 2006 Wichita Arts Educator of the Year.
Hittle is not the only performer with an outstanding body of work. Russell L. Jones, a PSU instructor who teaches music education, bassoon, woodwind techniques and more, has performed with numerous symphonies in the area as well as with bands and orchestras at Duke University and Indiana University.
Todd Hastings has performed with many orchestras, ensembles and artists such as Aretha Franklin, and recently helped start the Crowder Jazz Orchestra, a community/professional big band. He is also an in-demand clinician.
Robert Kehle has been a featured soloist on trombone with numerous orchestras, bands and jazz groups in the Midwest. He is also Principal Trombone with the Springfield (Mo.) Symphony Orchestra and the Central Plains Brass Quintet. He is also a published author.
The concert, sponsored by the Department of Music at Pittsburg State University, is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Department of Music at (620) 235-4466.
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