MONTICELLO — Big band jazz from the 1930’s to the present will be performed by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s three jazz bands during a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the UAM Fine Arts Center.

MONTICELLO — Big band jazz from the 1930’s to the present will be performed by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s three jazz bands during a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the UAM Fine Arts Center.


UAM’s Jazz Band I, under the direction of Gary Meggs, will perform selections ranging from the 1935 ColePorter tune "Begin the Beguine" to "Can’t Buy Me Love" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Jazz Band I has developed an international reputation after a two-week performance tour of the People’s Republic of China last spring.


Jazz Band II, conducted by C.E. Askew, will perform a variety of big band scores, including Frank Mantooth’s arrangement of Cole Porter’s "Anything Goes" as well as Mark Taylor’s arrangement of the 1933 hit "Yesterdays" with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Otto Harbach.


Jazz Band III, directed by John Webb, will present Bennie Moten’s 1932 jazz standard "Moten Swing" and ‘Harlem Nocturne," a jazz classic written by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers in 1939.


For more information, contact the UAM Division of Music at 870-460-1060.