KEARNEY – Popular Kearney-based cover band The Innocence will join the UNK Jazz Rock Ensemble on stage for a concert highlighting the work of longtime music professor Jim Payne.
The show, free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. on April 26 at the UNK Fine Arts Building Recital Hall.
Payne is retiring in May after 40 years at UNK, and the concert is his last as conductor of the Jazz Rock Ensemble.
“I have asked the incredibly talented musicians in The Innocence to perform as the rhythm section in two charts I specifically arranged for them,” Payne said. “It will be a very exciting concert.”
Payne taught all four members of The Innocence, and each are former members of the Jazz Rock Ensemble at UNK. They include: Greg Sales, guitar; Dave Lerbakken, bass; Spencer Hansen, keyboard; and Luke Oswald, drums.
The concert features big band sounds with works from the swing era to newer charts of present big bands. The performance includes jazz styled in several types of 1940s swing, ballad, Latin, rock, funk rock, fast swing, rock fusion, and New Orleans street beat, blues and contemporary jazz.
Music comes from the libraries of Dave Weckl, Les Hooper, Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, Pat Metheny, Glenn Miller and Maynard Ferguson Orchestra.
Members of the UNK Jazz Rock Ensemble, listed by hometown, include:
Carleton — Riley Volkmer, guitar.
Fremont — Josh Howard, drums.
Grand Island — Toni Birch, bari saxophone; Patience Buck, trombone; Tori Beye, piano; Dan Carlson, alto saxophone; Logan Gregory, tenor saxophone; Andrea Hesterman, trumpet.
Kearney — Chase Christensen, trumpet; Kory Reeder, bass.
Minden — Jonathan Hunzeker, trombone; Nathan Hunzeker, trumpet; Vergil Nelson, trombone; Matthew Stubbs, trumpet.
Mitchell — Matt Powell, drums.
Ogallala — Seth Dikeman, guitar; Mark Messner, trombone.
Omaha — Haley Allen, alto saxophone; Alex Pachman, drums.
Ravenna — Mike Bohn, bass.
Wahoo — Gabe Haberman, trumpet.
OUT OF STATE
Andalusia, Ill. — Anthony Garcia, alto saxophone.
Mahtomedi, Minn. — Kelly Skunes, trumpet.
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