NIC jazz concert ‘Getting into the Swing of Things' to be held Nov. 9

Everyone is invited to “Getting into the Swing of Things” at North Idaho College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. The first jazz concert of the year at NIC, it will feature music performances by Cardinal Vocal Jazz directed by Max Mendez and the NIC Jazz Ensemble directed by Bryan Hannaford.

This will be the first concert with NIC’s new Director of Bands Bryan Hannaford. He came to Coeur d’Alene from Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked as director of bands at Notre Dame College and the director of the Jazz Ensemble at John Carroll University.

“The ensembles are getting their groove back and I’m getting into the swing of things here at NIC,” Hannaford said.

 Cardinal Vocal Jazz will be performing classics like Old Devil Moon, Bésame Mucho, The Shadow of Your Smile and 1960s favorite, the theme from The Flintstones. The Jazz Ensemble will be presenting high-powered and modern arrangements of Jazz standards many listeners will be familiar with such as Stolen Moments, Moment’s Notice, and Groove Merchant to name a few. We will also be premiering a work by alto saxophonist in the band, Joe Mataban’s original composition “Fruitland Lane.”

 Under the direction of Max Mendez, Cardinal Vocal Jazz from NIC is made of up 11 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: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

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