By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Sounds of the big band era mixed with more contemporary music will be the basis for the Stillwater Jazz Band’s “Spring Fling” concert at the Stillwater Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Director Kent Taylor laid out what the set list will include.
“We’ll play a lot of standard big band jazz, things like ‘In the Mood’ and we’re doing a Count Basie tune this time around called ‘Blues in Hoss Flat,’” Taylor said. “It was made famous in an old Jerry Lewis movie.”
Other tunes include a song from Chicago, Bill Withers and the musical “A Chorus Line” titled “What I Did for Love.”
Taylor said the Stillwater Jazz Band is made up of “quite a cross-section of life.”
“We’ve got everything from students to professors,” he said. “We have retired teachers, teachers who are still teaching, engineers; there’s an OSU policeman.”
The youngest member is 18; the oldest is 80 years old.
Taylor estimates there is somewhere near 1,000 hours of playing experience between the 24 members.
Drummer Wayne Bovenschen said the variety of music is big, but one thing continues to be the focal point.
“We try to make it varied, but I think the staple is always going to be the big band, swing band era of the 40s,” Bovenschen said. “We’re doing some Chicago, we’re doing some jazz standards as well. And maybe some more modern style like Michael Buble, but still, bottom line, you think of the swing bands.”
Taylor said the group plays several times throughout the year in Oklahoma. And he said while not everything they play will be liked by all, everyone in attendance will find something they like before the program ends.
“We always try to program music for the guy whose wife dragged him to the concert,” Taylor said. “He’s going to be glad he came.”
The event is free.