Jazz Band offers unique experience Saturday

Kevin Allen

The WKU Jazz Band is bringing a night of live musical entertainment to Van Meter Hall on Saturday.

“You’re not going to hear jazz anywhere else in town,” said music professor Marshall Scott. “This is a good place to hear live jazz.”

Scott said the appeal jazz has for him is the technical skill required and the fact that every show is a unique experience.

“It’s just as difficult and takes just as much talent as classical,” Scott said. “And because there is improvisation involved, it is always different. It never gets boring.”

The WKU Jazz Band is composed entirely of undergrads, and Scott said he is impressed by their performance.

“You go through phases and when kids graduate, you rebuild, but we have a heck of a band right now,” Scott said.

The Muhlenberg County High School jazz band will play before the WKU Jazz Band, and guest trumpeter John Blount will also be featured, Scott said.

The performance will include music from artists such as The Tonight Show Band, in addition to songs like “Begin the Beguine” and a trumpet rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.