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West Ranch jazz musicians perform

Posted: February 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch High School jazz students perform during the recent West Ranch Winter Jazz Concert held Jan. 27 at the school theater. Three student ensembles performed and were led by Brian Leff, the school’s director of jazz studies.

Three student ensembles entertained the crowd during the West Ranch Winter Jazz Concert on Jan. 27 at the West Ranch High School theater.

All three groups were led by Brian Leff, West Ranch’s director of jazz studies.

The West Ranch Lab Jazz Band, an ensemble for intermediate student musicians, led off the evening’s event, playing selections such as “Fancy Pants” by Sammy Nestico, “Work in Progress” by Gordon Goodwin and “Pure & Simple” by Jeff Jarvis.

Next, the West Ranch Wildcat Combo, composed of six advanced jazz students, took the stage, with the two numbers, “Imagination” by Jimmy Van Heusen and “Strasbourg/St. Denis” by Roy Hargrove.

The West Ranch Studio A Jazz Band, an advanced ensemble, played a selection of compositions, including “Always & Forever” by Pat Metheny, “Bright Lights” by Bob Mintzer, “Ol Man River” by Jerome Kern, and “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. Featured soloists on various numbers included Tomo Downs, Kyle Jimenez, Lucas Arias, Brandon Canada, Diego Kiner, Adam Hersh and Steven Griggs.


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