- Artist: Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble Class I
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/9/2003
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE CLASS I The Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble Class I is one of two jazz ensemble classes functioning within the Department of Music. The ensemble is made up of both music and non-majors. This diverse mix of individuals provides the perfect blend for exciting contemporary big band sounds. The band's repertoire consists of jazz music from early big band to jazz fusion. Many internationally known jazz personalities have been featured in concert with the Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble Class I. Among the most noteworthy have been the Count Basie Orchestra, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Robin Eubanks, James Williams, Billy Pierce, Slide Hampton, Donald Byrd, Billy Taylor, David 'Fathead' Newman, Jimmy Owens and Bunky Green. The ensemble also has been featured in concert at professional conferences, jazz festivals, high schools, colleges/universities and club dates in Mississippi and surrounding states. The Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble I has received many honors and awards. Some of them include the FESTIVAL OUTSTANDING JAZZ ENSEMBLE AWARD and the FESTIVAL OUTSTANDING JAZZ COMBO AWARD at the Memphis State University Collegiate Jazz Festival and the FESTIVAL OUTSTANDING JAZZ ENSEMBLE AWARD at the University of North Carolina/Charlotte Collegiate Jazz Festival. The ensemble has also performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Music Educators National Conference, National Black Music Caucus Conference, Mississippi Music Association and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. This recording is the fifth release in a distinguished series that began in 1988. For further information on these superb recordings and the Jackson State University Jazz Education/Ensemble Program email Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr. at russell. Thomas@jsums. Edu. one: IMPRESSIONS (7:26) (John Coltrane / arranged by Russell Thomas Jr.) R T Music Productions, Inc. Soloists: Trevor Jennings - piano Shaun Moore - tenor saxophone Jerre¨@ Jackson - drums two: Golden Oldies (6:13) No Name Jive (Glen Gray), Wood Chopper¡-s Ball (Woody Herman), String of Pearls (Glen Miller), Trumpet Blues (Harry James), Jumpin' At The Woodside (Count Basie), Well, Get It (Tommy Dorsey) and Sing-Sing-Sing (Benny Goodman) Traditional-Masters Soloists: Avery McFadden - trumpet (muted) Lowell Hollinger - clarinet Shaun Moore - tenor saxophone James Williams III Jerre¨@ Jackson - drums three: Here¡-s That Rainy Day (3:23) (Jimmy Van Heusen / Johnny Burke / arranged by Dee Barton) Dorsey Bros. Music, Inc. four: St. Louis Blues (6:25) (W. C. Handy / arranged by Tom Kubis) Walrus Music Publishing Company Soloists: Jephte Lanthia - string bass James Williams - trumpet Russell Thomas Jr. - alto saxophone Trevor Jennings - piano five: Every Day (I Have The Blues) (4:14) (Peter Chatman / arranged by Bob Ojeda) Arc Music Corporation Soloists: Lisa Palmer - vocals Jesse Robinson - guitar six: Misty (5:03) (Errol Gardner) Marke Music, Limerick, Soloists: Lisa Palmer - vocals Russell Thomas Jr. - alto saxophone seven: Deedless Blues (3:17) (Arranged Frank Foster) Morgan Ames Music Soloists: Lisa Palmer - vocals Russell Thomas Jr. - alto saxophone eight: One O¡-Clock Jump (8:22) (H. Edison & E. Durham /transcribed & arranged by Dennis Wilson from Ernie Wilkins) S. B. Kay Feist Publisher Soloists: Russell Thomas Jr. - alto saxophone Lorenzo Gayden - trombone Cedric Eubanks - tenor saxophone James Williams III - trumpet Trevor Jennings - piano nine: Rhyme (8:46) (David Springfield) Kendor Music Inc. Soloists: Trevor Jennings - piano Jerre¨@ Jackson - drums Shaun Moore - tenor saxophone ten: Tiger Den Blues (11:38) (Russell Thomas Jr.) R T Music Productions, Inc. Soloists: Jesse Robinson - guitar Russell Thomas Jr. - alto saxophone Trevor Jennings - piano Guest Artists............ Lisa Palmer has been singing professionally for twenty-five years. For the past twelve years, jazz has been her passion. In Jackson (MS) you can find Lisa 'bringing down the house' with the Knight Bruce Trio at Hal & Mal's restaurant. She has also performed a featured artist at jazz clubs, jazz festivals and colleges and universities throughout the South and you can also hear her vocals on radio and television jingles on local and national commercials. Her most recent performances include performing with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Delta State University and Jackson State University. Lisa has established herself as a powerful and soulful jazz singer for a new generation of jazz vocalists in the State of Mississippi and promises to take a notable place in their ranks. She recently released her debut CD, Lisa Palmer, featuring jazz standards, My Funny Valentine, Moondance and Old Devil Moon. For her outstanding musical vocal creativity, Lisa was voted '2002 Musician of the Year' by the Jackson Free Press. Jesse Robinson was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta and has been playing guitar since the age of five. He moved to Jackson, Mississippi with his family forty years ago, where he started his first rhythm and blues band. Jesse has performed and toured with such outstanding notables as B.B. King, Z.Z. Hill and John Lee Hooker, Ko Ko Taylor, Albert King, Millie Jackson and Bobby 'Blue' Bland. Jesse has also performed throughout the United States in night clubs, music festivals, private functions and colleges and universities. Among his many awards, he was named Musician of the Year and Local Blues Artist of the Year with his group, Jesse Robinson & the Knee Deep Rhythm & Blues Band by the Jackson Music Awards. Jesse powerful repertoire includes blues, rhythm & blues, down-home boogie and jazz. In a word from the old days, Jesse 'cooks', the band 'jams', and you owe it to yourself to check him out. Professor's Bio............ Russell Thomas, Jr., Ph.D., educator, saxophonist, Fulbright scholar and bandleader; holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Jackson State University, the Master of Music Education degree from Michigan State University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Music) from the University of Utah and is currently Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies and Coordinator of Music Theory at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. He serves as Chairman of the International Association for Jazz Education / African American Jazz Caucus Historically Black Colleges and Universities Jazz Education Committee. His teaching experiences include positions at Alcorn State University, University of Utah, Snowbird Summer Music Camp, Visiting Professor - Mount Holyoke College and Adjunct Associate Professor (graduate school) - University of Missouri (Kansas City). He is the founder of 'Jazz In The Schools' (JITS) program. This program is dedicated to the teaching of jazz history and jazz improvisation concepts in kindergarten through secondary schools. Dr. Thomas has presented jazz education seminars/workshops at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, Music Educators National Conference, Southern Arts Exchange Conference, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, National Black Music Caucus Conference and the International Conference on Music and Dance in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Dr. Thomas received a Fulbright Group Project Abroad Fellowship to China to study traditional Chinese music and a fellowship for the GHANA (West Africa): Freedom Tour '97 to study the music and religion of West Africa. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is a Book Reviewer for Hartcourt Brace College Publishers and a consultant for the College Board - Educational Testing Service (ETS) Advancement Placement Examination in Music Theory. An outstanding saxophonist, he has performed with such diverse groups as Little Milton Blues Band, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Nnenna Freelon, Dizzy Gillespie, David Baker, The Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Ed Thigpen, Bunky Green, Gerald Wilson and the Lionel Hampton Big Band. Dr. Thomas has performed throughout the United States, Central America, Italy, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), China and Guyana. Dr. Thomas has also performed solo classical/jazz recitals at the North America Saxophone Alliance Conference, National Black Caucus Conference, Jackson State University, the University of Mississippi, Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Utah, Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and the University of Dayton. Dr. Thomas has received numerous honors and awards including the Governor's Awards For Excellence In The Arts - 2002 (Mississippi); Outstanding Faculty Award (Jackson State University); International Association For Jazz Education 2003 Director's Award; Partners in Education Award (ArtsAlliance of Jackson and Hinds County) ; Spirit of Mississippi Award (WLBT Television, Jackson, MS); Spotlight on Scholars Award (School of Liberal Arts-Jackson State University); and the Black Jazz Caucus Music Award. Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble Class I Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr., Professor of Music Class Roll Saxophones Lewis Sharpe - lead alto sax - Atlanta, GA Lowell Hollinger - 2nd alto sax/lead - Miami,FL Shaun Moore - lead tenor sax - Stone Mountain, GA Cedric Eubanks - 2nd tenor sax - Hazelhurst, MS Albert Levy - baritone sax - Jackson, MS Trumpets James Williams III - lead trumpet - Houston, TX Avery McFadden - 2nd trumpet/split lead - Florence, SC Curtis Luckett - 3rd trumpet/split lead -Jackson,MS Riccardo Emilien - 4th trumpet - New Orleans, LA Edward Dixon - 5th trumpet - Meridian, MS Trombones William Brown - lead trombone - Memphis, TN Lorenzo Gayden - 2nd trombone - Jackson, MS Luther McDaniel - 3rd trombone - Hephzibah, GA Matthew Haynes - 4th trombone - Jackson, MS TUBA Steve Dixon - Baton Rouge, LA RHYTHN SECTION Trevor Jennings - piano - Mound Bayou, MS Jephte Lanthia - string bass - Miami, Fl Jerre Jackson - drums - Houston, TX As we celebrate our 125th anniversary, Jazz is alive and well and living at Jackson State University. Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr. and his Jazz Ensemble Class I make it happen! Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr. President, Jackson State University Aesthetic and audio appreciation of the performing and visual arts are important to education at Jackson State University. Jazz has both soulful and social significance in our culture. The incomparable JSU Jazz Ensemble Class I celebrates JSU 125th Anniversary through the sounds of jazz. Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr., a celebrated and award winning professor at JSU, and the Jazz Ensemble Class I are setting musical standards for jazz education. Enjoy, this outstanding presentation of big band jazz, America's classical music. Dr. Joseph Martin Stevenson Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jazz, a unique American phenomenon. As we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Jackson State University with it's rich contributions to the Arts, the School of Liberal Arts is pleased that the Department of Music's Jazz Education Area chose to honor this anniversary milestone with the release of a big band jazz compact disc featuring the Jazz Ensemble Class I. We are very proud of our students and their Director, Dr. Russell Thomas Jr. This CD represents jazz education and jazz performance at it's very best. The music performed on this CD represents many different streams of jazz. Jazz music can evoke many moods. Jazz music is light and happy and it is heavy and serious. Jazz is dancing music. Jazz music makes you want to think. Jazz music can be smooth and predictable; it can be agitated and full of surprises. As you listen to this CD, you will hear all of the above in the jazz music performed by this outstanding Jazz Ensemble Class. Jazz is an American art form and America's contribution to world culture. Jackson State University is proud to be a part of this great musical experience. Enjoy! Dr. Dollye M.E. Robinson Dean, School of Liberal Arts As we continue our quest for musical excellence, please know that Jazz Education at Jackson State University is alive and well. This compact disc is a strong indicator that our Jazz Education program is designed to help students achieve excellence in professional music. It also provides students with the necessary tools for cultivating their musical talents and preparing them for careers in the ever-changing demands of today's music. Now, synchronize your program dial and focus your attention as you enjoy this awesome CD commemorating the 125th Anniversary Celebration of Jackson State University where we are Challenging Minds and Changing Lives! Jimmie James, Jr., Ph.D., Chair Department of Music.