April 28 day of music and art at CAC

By Tom Di Camillo,
Director of Media &Community Events

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus will come alive with music and art this Thursday, April 28, with two special concerts and the opening of the latest show in CAC's Student Art Gallery.

The Central Arizona College Jazz Ensemble will take center stage with Jazz Night at the Peak beginning at 7 p.m. in the Don P. Pence Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

The 15-piece jazz ensemble will highlight its show with both classic big band music and contemporary jazz literature. Featured classic charts will include Leiber & Stoller's Kansas City, Johnson Rag, Stan Kenton's Northwest Riff, and W.C. Handy's St. Louis Blues.

The evening will feature many talented musicians including Lisa Carron (alto sax), Mario Escalante (tenor sax), Jayson Myers (tenor sax), Jesse Lopez (bari sax), Stephen Munden (trombone), Justin Mons (trumpet), John Sutton (bass), Martin Calleros (guitar) and percussionists Brandon Downs and Jacob Sosa.

The CAC Jazz Choir under the leadership of Andy Bade also will showcase its vocal abilities.

The Jazz Choir is a select group of singers dedicated to the performance of jazz standards and new music written expressly for vocal jazz ensembles.

Whether performed a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment, the tight harmonies, improvised solos, and syncopated rhythms are sure to please.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and may be purchased at the door beginning at 5 p.m. at the CAC Box Office

Also at 5 p.m., CAC's Student Art Gallery will unveil its Jazzin' It Up exhibition that will run through June 2 in the Bradley Sizer, Jr., Center for Business Studies located across from the Pence Center.

The opening will run from 5-7 p.m. and lead up to the jazz concert. CAC's culinary arts students will provide complimentary treats during the opening.

There is no charge to attend the Jazz It Up opening and the community is invited to view the creations of CAC students.

The exhibition will feature works of art in both two- and three-dimensional form, as well as drawings, paintings and works from the advanced digital photography class.

CAC's cake decorating class students also will be creating a special display.

Before the evening of art and jazz, CAC's music students The AJ's will perform a special Brown Bag Concert on the Terrace located between the T and O Buildings at the Signal Peak Campus. The concert will run from 12-1 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.

The Sodexo Café, located on the terrace at the end of the T Building, will be open to purchase lunch.

The AJ's have been a featured act during CAC's Rocktacular Concert Series this year.

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