Jazz Ensemble to Celebrate Music of Paul Baker

Paul Baker
Paul Baker

Five pieces either written or arranged by Paul Baker will highlight the Arkansas Tech University Jazz Ensemble concert on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street on the ATU campus in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Baker has been a published jazz composer for more than 40 years. He is founder and owner of Baker’s Jazz And More, which describes itself on its website as “a music publishing and retail company specializing in high quality original jazz and salsa big band charts for jazz ensembles of all levels.”

The ATU Jazz Ensemble will perform Baker’s “Foundation Issues,” “Curveball,” “Full Circle” and “Hittin’ at Minton’s” during Tuesday’s concert. His arrangement of Robert Skiles’ “Bucky’s Bounce” is also on the program.

Other pieces scheduled for performance are “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” by Duke Ellington, “Backrow Politics” by Gordon Goodwin, “Yes or No” by Wayne Shorter, “The Shadow of Your Smile” by Johnny Mandel and “String of Pearls” by Jerry Grey and Eddie Delange.

Dr. Sean Reed, associate professor of music, serves as director of the ATU Jazz Ensemble.

Group members include Matthew Shirey, Esai Zesati, Brandon Williams, Luke Sande and Kurt Penka on saxophone; Jake Hodges, Kris Campbell, Hayden Judy and Adalyn Barnes on trumpet; Dawson Schalk, Gabe Graff, Josh Carman, Blake Mitchell and Lorenzo Castellano-Chavez on trombone; and Brad Wills, Caleb Hopkins, Holten Friend, Blake Hudson, Jesse Wells, Austin Stokes and Marlon King in the rhythm section.

Additional upcoming performances by faculty and students from the ATU Department of Music are listed at www.atu.edu/calendar.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music at www.atu.edu/music.