Arkansas State University
fax (870) 972-3069
Links to News Releases
Public activities at ASU
Faculty and Staff
Department of Music to present
Lab Band and ASU Tribe
September 28, 2006 - The Department of Music at Arkansas State
University in Jonesboro will present the Jazz Lab Band and ASU Tribe in
concert on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland
The ASU Jazz Bands are under the direction of new ASU faculty member, E.
This concert promises to have music for jazz fans of all tastes as the
band performs big band music from a variety of eras and in a multitude
The concert will open with two tunes performed by the ASU Jazz Lab Band.
The first is Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca. This is a Latin jazz favorite
that is full of energy from the first note to the last. The Lab Band
will also perform a song written and arranged by Thad Jones, A Child is
Born. This beautiful ballad will feature pianist Willie Sullivan,
trumpeter Will Hartzel, and the Lab Band saxophone section, lead by
Among the pieces that will be performed by the Tribe is Royal Garden
Blues. This song was first performed by “King” Joe Oliver, who worked
regularly at the Royal Garden Club in Chicago in the late 1910s. This
arrangement captures the essence of the original and will showcase the
band’s strength as an ensemble.
The Tribe will also play John Coltrane’s Naima. This version is arranged
as a bossa nova and will feature Michael Newson on the soprano
Adding to the Tribe will be vocalist Ashley McBryde, who will be
featured in a new treatment of the classic jazz standard Misty and will
sing the sultry ballad Angel Eyes with the ASU Jazz Trio.
The closer for the evening will be a straight ahead modern arrangement
of Miles Davis’ Milestones by Mike Tomaro. This piece is exciting from
beginning to end, and will feature solos by Grant W. Harbison on trumpet
and Daniel Rickman on tenor saxophone.
Members of the ASU Jazz Lab Band are Allen Adcock of Jonesboro, Ashley
Flory of Cherokee Village, alto saxophone; Lauren Smith and Barry Goode,
both of Jonesboro, tenor saxophone; Nichole Burdyshaw of Bono, baritone
saxophone; Treavor Mitchell, Kade Holliday, Jeremy Ramsey all of
Jonesboro, trombone; Antonio Starks and Angela Guajardo, both of
Jonesboro, Will Hartzel of Forrest City, Kevin Baugh of Gosnell,
trumpet; Willie Sullivan of Jonesboro, piano; Douglas Turner and Tonia
Spurlock, both of Highland, bass; Perry Harper of Paragould, Jason
Wagner of Jonesboro, drums; Jay Burns of Jonesboro, guitar. Members of
the ASU Tribe are Claire Richardson of Jonesboro and Michael Newson of
Memphis, alto saxophone; Daniel Rickman and Allen Adcock, both of
Jonesboro, tenor saxophone; Adam Leslie of Jonesboro, baritone
saxophone; Corey Emerson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Blake Howerton of
Paragould, Matt Strawbridge of Jonesboro, trombone; Corey Spencer of
Wynne, bass trombone; Luke Walker and Sara DeClerk, both of Pocahontas,
Joseph Curtis of Trumann, Grant W. Harbison of Jonesboro, trumpet; Janet
Rooney of Trumann, piano and vibes; Maricio Dixon of Wynne, piano; Kevin
Cremeens of Jonesboro, bass; Curtis Farley of Jonesboro, Jamel Alford of
East St. Louis, Ill., drums.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more details, please
call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.
# # #