The Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble will present their Fall Quarter Concert on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm in Maier Performance Hall at Peninsula College. The evening offers an opportunity to hear live jazz, composed between 1936-2017, in one of the most acoustically rich concert halls in the Northwest.
Robbin Eaves of Joyce, and Olga Palenga of Port Angeles, will be singing tunes composed by or associated with Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Woody Herman, Dinah Washington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Dave Brubeck. The 17-piece PC Jazz Ensemble will be playing music by Jerome Kern, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk Average White Band, Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Two recent compositions by David P. Jones, PC Jazz Ensemble conductor, will premiere as well as his arrangement of the classic fusion ballad “A Remark You Made” by Joe Zawinul.
The group is currently a full jazz big band and the various arrangements take full advantage of the many possible shades of jazz. The performers in the band represent some of the very best jazz that the North Olympic Peninsula has to offer. Performers from Port Angeles include Olga Palenga (clarinet, piano and vocals), Bob Bailey (alto sax), Andy Geiger (tenor sax), Craig Buhler (tenor sax), Kelsey Cammack (baritone sax), WesLee Laughman (trumpet), Clare Wegener (euphonium, percussion and vocals), Ron Daylo (trombone), and David Jones (keyboards/director). From Sequim are Kate Powers (electric violin), Bonnie Booth (trombone), Reuben Moon (bass trombone) and Nicia Pfeffer (drums). John Adams (alto/soprano saxes) calls Port Townsend home, while Gerardo Reyes (euphonium) hails from Forks. Bassist John Sanders lives in Quilcene, and drummer Tor Brandes makes the journey all the way from Neah Bay.
The musical styles of the full band selections range from “Pick Yourself Up” by Jerome Kern from the 1930’s (heard here in a more modern, cha-cha arrangement) to 1950’s-era classics, ranging from the Basie Book to Thelonious Monk, and several significant offerings of the rock/jazz fusion canon.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jones at (360)-417-6405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.