NIC presents ‘The Magic Hour' tonight!

Everyone is invited to “The Magic Hour” annual fall jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. This free concert features the Cardinal Vocal Jazz and the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble playing a variety of jazz standards -- old and new.

“With the passing of the season of spooks and with preparation of holidays already beginning, the North Idaho College Music Department would like to offer you a bit of relief,” said NIC Band Director Terry Jones.

The NIC Jazz Ensemble will open their portion of the show with a classic old tune “Doozy” arranged by one of the great jazz saxophonists Benny Carter.

“As you would expect from Benny, this piece features the Saxophone section,” Jones said. “Up next is one of the most beautiful ballads ever arranged: Dave Barduhn’s arrangement of ‘Send in The Clowns’ will feature Phil Aarhus on trumpet and Doug Wood on piano. It will definitely give your heartstrings a tug.” 

Jeff Jarvis’ “But Thanks for Asking,” will follow which, Jones said, “like all good shuffles, will get you swaying in your seat and tapping your toes.”

Jones said, “The title fourth piece is fairly apropos considering whom it features. We are going to give our drummer a little room to stretch out in Fred Sturm’s ‘Patience.’ As many of our regular concert attendees have come to expect, this is our ‘kind-of-out-there’ piece.”

Another regular part of NIC jazz concerts, the next piece is a Bob Curnow arrangement of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ “As It Is.” Just so the audience isn’t left “outside,” the ensemble will bring everyone back with a great arrangement of Louis Armstrong’s “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue.”

Cardinal Vocal Jazz, under the direction of NIC Choral Instructor Max Mendez, will open the next portion of the program with four diverse pieces.

“The swinging opener, ‘Jazz Parade’ features Angela Tuttle as soloist,” Mendez said “Then ‘Unchain My Heart’ is an a cappella treatment of the 1960s Ray Charles classic featuring Sam Rainey in the role of vocal ‘bass’ player.”

“Mr. Hooper’s Find it in a Minute Book” will follow which, Mendez said, “Is a fun tune by Texas-based singer, Rosana Eckert.” This Jeremy Fox arrangement will feature Kate Johnson as soloist. Cardinal Vocal Jazz will close their set with “Dizzy’s Itch,” which is a tribute to the be-bop stylings of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Directed by Jones, the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble is a collection of jazzers from all over the area. They get together once a week to explore the diversity in big band music. From the swing music of Ellington and Basie though the innovations of Kenton to the contemporary works of Metheny and Radio Head -- nothing is off limits for this group.

Under the direction of Mendez, NIC Cardinal Vocal Jazz is made of up 10 versatile singers and a rhythm section. This group specializes in close harmony and vocal improvisation. Their repertoire includes music of the Great American Songbook, Latin/Bossa Nova selections, and inventive arrangements of today’s popular music.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Information: (208) 769-3424.



Posted: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

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