Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

April 1, 2003

THE MEADOWS JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE PRESENTS FREE TAX-DAY CONCERT, "THE DUKE ELLINGTON SONGBOOK," ON APRIL 15

DALLAS (SMU): If paying taxes has put you in a mood indigo, caravan down to SMU and you'll begin to see the light at an uplifting concert of Duke Ellington songs presented by the Meadows Jazz Vocal ensemble. The concert is slated for 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 in Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Selections will include such well known tunes as "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Mood Indigo," "Caravan" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," as well as great but lesser known songs like "Day Dream," "Love You Madly" and "Everything But You." Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the SMU Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

Directed by Alan Wagner, the Meadows Jazz Vocal ensemble is a jazz rhythm section with solo vocalists focusing on both traditional and contemporary jazz. The vocalists develop improvisational scat singing in addition to a repertoire of jazz standards and torch songs. The singers, along with their accompanying piano, bass and drum players, include both undergraduate and graduate students in the Meadows School Division of Music.

Alan Wagner, Ph.D., is assistant professor of music education at SMU. A bass and saxophone player, he has performed at jazz festivals around the country and organized an annual jazz festival in Buffalo, NY that is now in its nineteenth year. Wagner also serves as the associate conductor of the Meadows Wind Ensemble at SMU and as a guest conductor and clinician for music education, bands and jazz groups in high schools and colleges throughout the U.S.


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