Java & Jazz at JCJC

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2018-04-04 16:12:45

ELLISVILLE- Continuing a seventeen-year tradition, Jones County Junior College’s Jazz Band along with vocal ensembles, JC Voices, and The Bridge will present “Java and Jazz” on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the C.L. Neill Student Center Banquet Hall. The Java & Jazz concert is free and open to the public. A variety of coffee, soft drinks, and baked good refreshments will be available during the concert.
Java & Jazz is a concert blend of instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles including the Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Ben Burge, with vocal ensembles, JC Voices and The Bridge under the direction of Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith, and accompanist, Dr. David Goldblatt. Dr. Smith is assisted by Jennifer Bruton for JC Voices and Greg Wascoe assists with, The Bridge.
The Jazz Band will perform musical selections comprised of a variety of genres including pop, classic soft rock, to jazz. Some of the tunes featured include, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Evil Ways,” “Mr. Lucky,” “Steam Punk,” “Theme from Family Guy,” and “Vehicle.” Several students have solos in the program for this final performance of the Jazz Band.
“The Jazz Band has been working diligently on this exciting program and has made great progress this semester. I’m confident the audience will enjoy our new blend of jazz, pop and rock ensemble. This is the first time the majority of the students in the group have ever participated in this type of ensemble,” said Dr. Burge.

JC Voices hopes to put a little “joy” in your evening singing jazz arrangements of country, pop, and Broadway tunes such as “Jolene,” “Till There Was You,” “Summertime,” and “The Mad Hatter.” The premiere vocal ensemble will introduce the audience to a new tune, “Underneath the Stars,” which was made popular by the British vocal ensemble, Voces8.
“JC Voices has performed music throughout this year that emphasized the importance of finding joy in everyday life, and they will complete their portion of Java and Jazz this year by singing “Pure Imagination” from the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory conveying the message of discovering wonder and magic in our everyday lives,” said Dr. Susan Smith.   
New to the evening of smooth music is the recently formed vocal jazz, primarily a cappella ensemble, The Bridge. They will be performing three of their favorites which show their versatility, the Pentatonix arrangement of the classic, “Over the Rainbow,” The Real Group’s original composition, “Words,” which expresses the importance of what we say and how we say it, and ending with a feel-good medley, “Get Happy/Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive.” JCJC guitar instructor, Dr. Michael Boyd will perform as a guest instrumentalist with these groups. For more information about JCJC’s Fine Arts Department call 601-477-4203.

Jazz Band Personnel
Elizabeth Beard- Laurel
Aimee Green- Petal
Kenton Henderson- Richton
Kendall Herrington- Enterprise
Dakota Malone- Raleigh
Bryan Marcum- Ellisville
Ryan Nowell- Ellisville
Anthony Shanks- Waynesboro
Kuadias Smith- Waynesboro
Matthew Haight- Mobile
John Ivey- Petal
Nicole Tisdale- Ellisville
JT Sams- Ellisville
Joshua Anderson- Greenville
Sydney Herrington- Enterprise
Clay Whitt- Vancleave
Bryce Cooper- Waynesboro

JC Voices Personnel
Pictured Left to Right, Front Row:
Dr. Susan Smith
Sarah Conn, Natchez, MS                 
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA      
Raegan Barber, Ellisville, MS
Kendra Stevison, Lucedale, MS                    
Reagan Dukes, Laurel, MS                
Addison Nelms, Brandon, MS                      
Jamie Hill, Purvis, MS                       
Natalie Davis, Pearl, MS        
Kassidy Chandler, Laurel, MS          
Melody Howard, Long Beach, MS               
Ella Barker, Hattiesburg, MS
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA         
Dr. David Goldblatt
Back Row:
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville, MS   
Dylon Chisholm, Purvis, MS 
Eli McMellon, Moselle, MS   
Lamar Saddler, Quitman, MS
Nathan Lucky, Meridian, MS
Jonathan Beland, Long Beach, MS
Joshua Anderson, Sand Hill, MS       
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose, MS
Jorge Castillo, Ellisville, MS  
Matthew Haight (not pictured), Mobile, AL 
The Bridge Personnel
Raegan Barber, Ellisville, MS
Jonathan Beland, Long Beach, MS
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA         
Dylon Chisholm, Purvis, MS 
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA      
Nathan Lucky, Meridian, MS            
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose, MS
Addison Nelms, Brandon, MS                      
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville, MS   


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