Written by Trevor May
Willimantic, Conn.: Eastern Thread City Jazz, Eastern Connecticut State University's jazz ensemble, will perform in the Student Center Café on April 14 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the School of Arts and Science's 11th Annual Research and Exhibition Conference. The public is invited and admission is free.
Thread City Jazz is directed by Performing Arts Professor Joe Tomanelli and Rick O'Neal, a senior from Pomfret majoring in music theory, composition and electronic music. Ten students constitute the group, which plays a mix of jazz standards and big band music. "Jazz combos are all about playing jazz," Tomanelli said. "It's about showing your stuff and learning to fit in with others. We show pride in ourselves and our school when we practice to sound good."
Some of the songs the group will perform include "Tough Talk" by The Jazz Crusaders; "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck; and "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Bublé.
"We are a proud part of Eastern and want to show it by sharing our music," Tomanelli said. "It is a real blast to play with them!"
Admission is free and doors will open at 12:25 p.m.