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Eastern's Evening of Jazz

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- On Nov. 21, students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Jazz Ensemble performed "An Evening of Jazz." Joe Tomanelli, adjunct professor in the Performing Arts Department, directed the performance in collaboration with Anthony Cornicello, assistant chair of the Performing Arts Department.

The ensemble consists of Douglas Green '14, a music major from Thomaston on guitar; Brittany Gould '13, a music major from Thompson on bass; Jeremy Camacho '13 from Scotland on drums; Earl Mundle '14, a theatre major from Hartford on drums; and Peter Palmer from Tolland on trumpet. Tomanelli played the tenor saxophone, and Cornicello performed on the Hammond organ. Special guest Phil Palonen accompanied the performance with guitar.

The ensemble performed a variety of pieces, including "Four" and "Solar" by Miles Davis; "Bye Bye Blackbird" by Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson; "Lady Bird" by Todd Dameron; "Blue Trane" by John Coltrane; "Let It Snow" by Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne; "Mercy, Mercy" by Cannonball Adderley; "Tough Talk" by the Jazz Crusaders; "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots; and "Take the 'A' Train" by Duke Ellington.

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