NIC's annual jazz concert promises high-energy music

It’s not unusual to see audience members dancing in the aisles at the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble’s performance of JazzNIC.
“It’s a lot of fun and definitely a high-energy concert,” said NIC Jazz Ensemble director Terry Jones.
JazzNIC comprises two days of jazz clinics Jan. 30 and 31 in addition to the grand finale concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in NIC’s Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium.
About 20 jazz groups from area high schools from across the region will participate in the clinics to learn ways to improve their performances.
University of Idaho professors Dan Bukvich and Alan Gemberling and Lewiston High School band director and Idaho Music Educators Association President Gary Gemberling will lead the clinics.
During the Jan. 31 concert, the NIC Jazz Ensemble will perform three pieces by Oliver Nelson “3-2-1-0,” “Black Brown and Beautiful” and “The Artist’s Rightful Place,” which features Ron Kieper on alto sax. The ensemble will perform “Fearless Finlay,” which was composed and arranged by Bill Holman was once performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. The NIC Jazz Ensemble will alternate between an Afro-Cuban beat and a swing beat during their performance of “Cubajazz,” also by Bill Holman.
Special guest Dan Bukvich will perform vibes piece. In addition, Gary Gemberling will sing the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “As Long as I’m Singing” and play Sammy Nestico’s “I Remember Clifford” on trumpet. His twin brother Al Gemberling will perform “Emily” on trombone as well as “Makin’ Whoopee,” a piece by Al Grey, who was a trombone player well known for his plunger work. All three guests will join together playing the drums on “Drum Feature,” arranged by Tom Anderson.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The public is also welcome to attend the clinics. Groups will perform every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium.
The JazzNIC concert is sponsored by the Associated Students of NIC (ASNIC) and the clinics are sponsored by the Nickel’s Worth.
Information: (208) 769-3276.

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NIC Band Director Terry Jones, (208) 769-3258

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006

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