Jazz finds itself between “rock” and “hard bop” in the fall concert by the Weatherford College Jazz Band Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alkek Fine Arts Center.
The program will include jazz compositions representing jazz rock and hard bop, as well as the more traditional jazz swing style. While jazz rock enjoyed a relatively short period of popularity from the late 1960s through the mid-70s, hard bop proved more durable in its sustainability.
Jazz rock came into its own with the success of recordings by bands such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, whose 1969 hit "Spinning Wheel" will be performed by the WC Jazz Band.
More long-lasting appeal was gained by Horace Silver, widely regarded as the founding father of hard bop. His compositions, and the quintet he led over several decades, resulted in many jazz standards including two of which will be included on the program, "Filthy McNasty" and his signature composition, "Song for My Father."
Other works to be performed on the concert include an original composition by WC music faculty member Ric Flauding entitled "Cal & the Gang" along with his arrangement of "Little Drummer Boy." And WC Jazz Band Director Cal Lewiston contributes a new effort with his hard rock opus he calls "Hey, Baby! (Don't You Know That I Love You?).”
Several big band classics will round out the repertoire under the direction of Assistant Jazz Band Director Arthur "Dutch" Ode III including such classics as Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone" and, the song made popular as a jazz standard by Miles Davis, "Bye, Bye, Blackbird."
Other upcoming fine arts events at Weatherford College:
- Student Art Show Reception: Monday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in Texas Hall. The art show will remain up for viewing through Tuesday, Nov. 25.
- Love Songs: Human and Holy - choir concert: Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
- Handel’s “Messiah” - choir concert: Monday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Student photo show begins Thursday, Dec. 4
- Hansel and Gretel - theatre production: Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m.
All events are held in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Doors open a half-hour prior to start time, and admission is always free.