Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert set for Tuesday

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble will host its Winter Quarter Concert on Tuesday.

The free concert, much of which was performed on March 7 in the Peninsula College PUB, will be at 7 p.m. in Maier Performance Hall on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

It will feature Robbin Eaves on vocals backed by a 15-piece jazz band, which has five woodwinds, seven brass and a full rhythm section.

The band will perform music from the repertoire of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Charlie Parker, John Scofield, Daniel Barry, a couple of new originals by ensemble director David P. Jones

Eaves, accompanied by a smaller version of the band, will offer songs from the repertoire of Nat King Cole, Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris.

Jones mentioned in particular a piece, “This will Make You Laugh,” by African American composer/pianist, Irene Higginbotham.

“Miss Higginbotham, kept out of the spotlight largely because of her race and gender — and because so many of her great songs were composed when she was quite young — deserves more recognition,” Jones said.

Performers in this band are from across the North Olympic Peninsula.

From Port Angeles are Kevin MacCartney (tenor sax), Dick “Doc” Thorson (tenor sax), Jim Bradbury (trumpet), Joel Ricci (trumpet), Ken Young (trombone) and David Jones (keyboards/director).

From Sequim are Jayne Morrison (alto sax), Anton Hilmisson (alto sax), Dan James (trumpet), Jeff Dingle (trombone), Tom Hartig (trombone), Terry Smith (drums) and Kendall Melton (bass) while John Adams (alto sax + alto clarinet + bass clarinet) hails from Port Townsend and Dan Powell (trombone) makes the twice-weekly trek from Marrowstone Island.

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