Jazz music filled the recital hall of EWU’s Music Building last Wednesday. Guest artist David Glenn performed with the Eastern Repertory Jazz Ensemble and the Dave Glenn Sextet. Glenn, a visiting artist from Whitman College, has had extensive experience as a professional trombonist traveling with many well-known jazz bands and popular artists, in addition to his teaching experience. While at Eastern, Glenn has helped students learn jazz techniques through clinics, master’s classes and seminars.
“We’re playing all of his music tonight-a lot of it is swing but he’s got a lot of really cool Latin ones. ‘Windmills’ is like a really awesome chart. I haven’t heard anything like that before,” said Erica Trembly, trumpet player for the Repertory Jazz Ensemble.
While excited about the selection being played, Trembly is disappointed by what she expects to be a small turnout. “A lot of the stuff we do, we perform for a purpose, to perform for people. If there’s nobody to entertain, if there are no people then there’s no point in us being there,” said Trembly.
Disappointment over lack of interest from the student body is a common sentiment among student performers at Eastern. “We work a lot of hours a week for like three concerts, and they should come see them because they’re good,” said Ashely Vavrosky, member of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. “I don’t know as much that it’s they don’t know or they just don’t want to come,” said Dusty Thomas, saxophone player.
Glenn is the second of three musicians to come to EWU for jazz residencies this year, and music students at Eastern seem to be enjoying the opportunity to learn from these professionals. “Everybody, everybody in America has played a Mike Tomero chart, every jazz band,” said Thomas, of the first resident artist.
The night started out with a performance by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble which, for the most part, was full of upbeat tunes and tight harmonies. This was followed by three of Glenn’s pieces performed by the Repertory Jazz Ensemble.
The Dave Glenn Sextet then performed three pieces, including one performed New Orleans-style in honor of the people affected by Hurricaine Katrina. The pieces highlighted the talents of Glenn, Todd DelGiudice, Brian McCann, Andy Plamondon, Don Goodwin and Sam Stewart. Finally, the Repertory Jazz Ensemble finished up the evening with three more of Glenn’s arrangements.