October 30, 2007

School of Music to present evening of jazz

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale presents an evening of jazz beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Shryock Auditorium.

Both the Studio Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tyler Kuebler, and the Lab Jazz Ensemble, directed by Philip Brown, will perform. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, $3 for students, seniors 60 years old and older and students 15 years old and younger.

The Studio Jazz Orchestra is the top jazz ensemble, incorporating brass, saxophone and woodwind and rhythm section musicians. Participation in the ensemble gives students a chance to record original material, and to perform both classic jazz numbers and the latest material in the jazz music genre.

Kuebler is an assistant professor of saxophone and woodwinds. He brings performance experience with musical personalities such as Maynard Ferguson, Jerry Bergonzi, Julio Iglesias, Paul Anka and Rosemary Clooney, among others. Kuebler remains an active performer, and is a guest artist and clinician at other universities in addition to his commitment to SIUC.

The Lab Jazz Orchestra is the second full jazz ensemble. Its focus is preparing students for public performance of a broad repertoire of old style and new jazz and modern music.

Brown is an associate professor of double bass and jazz studies, and is the coordinator of the music business program at SIUC. He is also a member of the New Arts Jazztet. Brown's performance credits include shows with Frankie Avalon, John Denver, Disney on Parade, Bob Hope, Ice Capades, Bobby Vinton, Pepper Adams, Ray Anthony, Delfeayo Marsalis and Lockjaw Davis, among other musicians and venues. Brown also continues to educate and perform, putting in appearances at jazz festivals across the country and arranging and writing for symphonies. He won the 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in music composition from the Illinois Arts Council.