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Jazz Ensemble Show to Feature Zach Bingham

November 18, 2014
Virtuoso guitarist Zach Bingham will join the Lander University Jazz Ensemble for its Thursday, Nov. 20, show.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

Associate professor of music Dr. Robert Gardiner, a saxophonist who fronts the Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet in addition to his duties as director of the ensemble, has played with Bingham on many occasions in the past. “He’s really good at interpreting jazz, rock and other popular musical styles, too,” he said.

Bingham will play solos on John Rush’s “There’s Not Enough Weeks in the Day” and on Maria Schneider’s “Wyrgly.”

Another highlight of the show will be a solo by junior music major Bryan Keefe, a baritone saxophonist, on “Sophisticated Lady,” by Duke Ellington.

Senior music major and featured vocalist Markela Dandy will join the ensemble for the final two selections, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” by Ella Fitzgerald, and “Too Close for Comfort,” from the Broadway musical, “Mr. Wonderful.”

Other selections include “Hay Burner,” by big-band music composer Sammy Nestico; Michael Philip Mossman’s percussion feature, “Uchibeng Wow-Wow”; “Human Nature,” performed by Michael Jackson; and “Thieves in the Temple,” by Prince.

Gardiner, in his 13th year as ensemble director, called the musicians he’s working with this year “the best I’ve had. The level of student talent has continued to increase.”

He called the program for the upcoming show “the most challenging I’ve had since I’ve been here.”

He encouraged music fans to join him for “a complete program of classics from the big band era with a few popular songs thrown in for fun.”

A construction project at the end of Lander’s main entrance where it meets Willson Street is affecting parking and pedestrian access to the Cultural Center. Handicapped parking is available in lots on both sides of the main entrance boulevard. Pedestrian traffic to the Cultural Center should follow the handicapped-accessible entryway or sidewalk to the right of the fenced-in construction site adjacent to Barratt Hall.

Additional handicapped parking is available in the lot at Lawson Street and West Sproles Avenue. From there, it is a short walk up the hill to the Cultural Center.