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Kingwood Big Band Presents Jazz Concert

LSC-Kingwood Jazz FestivalThe Kingwood Big Band, under the direction of Alfredo Velez, will present another in a long line of exciting jazz concerts on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Student Conference Center.

An exciting new wrinkle for this concert is the band will perform five jazz tunes written by Denis DiBlasio, a nationally known baritone sax virtuoso and executive director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz in New Jersey.  His arrangements for the band include “Frankie Found Cuba,” “Like Someone in Love,” by Sinatra arranger Jimmy Van Heusen; “Jackson Square,” and “Rapid Transit”.

“DiBlasio was a featured baritone sax soloist with Ferguson, one of the leading jazz trumpeters of the last 50 years. We are honored to perform some of his music,” Velez said.

Other jazz selections from notable composers include “Blue Miles” by Chick Corea and “Anthropology” by saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpet great Dizzy Gillespie.

“We are inviting the community to come out for a great night of fine jazz,” Velez said. “You don’t have to drive into Houston to hear swinging jazz music.”

The Kingwood Big Band began 11 years ago and is a part of the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society. The 18-piece big band is comprised of a local doctor, engineer, wine salesman, and professor, combined with numerous music teachers and professional players from the north part of Houston. The band rehearses and performs at LSC-Kingwood.

General admission tickets are $15 and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available online or at the door.  For more information on the concert contact the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society at 832-779-1492 or visit www.lhmas.org/concerts/season-tickets.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

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