Music lovers, come take a stroll through “The History of Jazz” as the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Music Department presents its annual spring jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Waage Theatre on the Fergus Falls campus.
Directed by guest conductor Scott Kummrow, the concert will feature the M State Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, along with special guest Russ Peterson, associate professor of music at Concordia College.
The concert will highlight music from the 1890s to today, including the ragtime and blues styles that influenced early jazz along with Dixieland, big band, bebop, jazz fusion, funk and more. Popular tunes will include “In the Mood,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Dance to the Music.”
Peterson, an accomplished classical and jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer, has performed with some of the most notable artists in the business such as Manhattan Transfer, Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, Frankie Valie and the 4 Seasons, Frankie Avalon and the Four Tops.
Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door for adults, and $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students. Advance tickets are available in the M State Box Office, by calling 218.736.1600 or online at mstatetickets.com.