OBU and HSU each plan free jazz concerts this weekend.

Jazz Band at OBU

The Ouachita Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Craig Hamilton, will be performing on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Performing Art Center on Ouachita Baptist University’s Arkadelphia campus.
There will also be a live webcast of the concert online at www.obu.edu/band.
 “We would like for everyone to come enjoy a wonderful evening of jazz,” said Hamilton, OBU’s Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music, director of bands and music education chair. “We are doing some great new charts and we have several new members in the band. Students and faculty can look forward to a variety of jazz music which covers many different styles—from swing to funk to Latin.”
The concert will include the following selections: W. Scott Ragsdale’s arrangement of “I Thought about You,” “Rumba Latina” by Victor Lopez, Dave Rivello’s arrangement of “My Ship,” Dave Wolpe’s arrangement of “Secret Love,” “King Strut” by Dean Sorenson, “All in Good Time” by Les Hooper and Rick Seigler’s arrangement of “Lester Leaps In.”
It will also include: “Southeast Sixstep” by Eric Richards, Greg Yasinitsky’s arrangement of “Shiny Stockings,” Chris Sharp’s arrangement of “I Love You,” Sammy Nestico’s arrangement of “Easy to Love,” Mark Taylor’s arrangement of “Look of Love,” Dave Wolpe’s arrangement of “Man I Love” and Jerry Nowak’s arrangement of “What a Wonderful World.”
The evening will also feature vocal soloist Leslyn Ichter, a senior choral music education major from Conway, as well as several student instrumental soloists.
“This will be Leslyn’s last semester with us as our vocalist—she has done a wonderful job,” Hamilton said.
 The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Craig Hamilton at hamiltonc@obu.edu or 245-5137.

NuFusion at HSU

NuFusion, Henderson State University’s exciting student jazz ensemble, will perform a free concert outdoors on Henderson’s Quad Friday, April 23, at about 8 p.m. The performance will feature a wide range of music, much which was arranged by students.
The program includes a variety of pop/rock and jazz pieces by artists such as Jason Mraz, Elton John, Led Zeppellin, George Harrison, The Eagles, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Jean Luc-Ponty. The stage setting will include professional sound and lights.
This is a great family event,” said Dr. Rick Dimond, director of the group. “We encourage an audience of all ages to feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.
NuFusion, which was formed more than 15 years ago, includes about 20 student musicians. The group features a standard big band horn and rhythm section with lead and background vocalists.
The Quad area is located between the Garrison Center and Russell Fine Arts building. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Garrison Center Day Gym. For more information, please call Dimond at 230-5016.