Southern Oregon University Jazz Ensemble

The Southern Oregon University Music Department will present its Spring Jazz Night at 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. SOU's 18-piece jazz ensemble, directed by Martin Behnke, will present contemporary jazz composer Pat Matheny's "The First Circle," with SOU students Evan Lasley on piano, Keith Smelcer on saxophone, Kendra Taylor on flute and Ryan Johnson on bass. Other music featured in the program will include compositions by Billy Mays, Matt Catingub, Don Menza and Johnny Richards. SOU soloists will include Jeff Newman on saxophone, Jonathan Janakes and Sean McDermott on trumpet and Ryan GÃ1/4t on drums. The concert also will feature two student combos, directed by Steve Davidson. The combos will present short sets of jazz standards, including Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream" and Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk." Tickets cost $5, free for students and are available at the Music Hall box office before the performance or by calling 541-552-6101. Visit for information.

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