Big Band Favorites

Oct 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Big Band Favorites
The Scott Center for Performing Arts - 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940

Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Patrick Hennessey, Jazz Director
Lisa Kelly, Vocalist

"It don't mean a thing, if it aint' got that swing."  The popular song lyric sums up the mindset of concert-goers to Big Band Favorites, the latest concert offering by the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra.  The group will swing three decades of Big Band Era hits in this entertaining performance.   Under the direction of Stetson University's Dr. Patrick Hennessey, the JAZZ Orchestra's play list will feature selections from the legendary band leaders Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and more.  Jazz vocalist and recording artist, Lisa Kelly will join the group to sing Big Band Favorites.

 

Symphony for Everyone

Artist Information

Inspired by the rich musical environs of his birthplace, New Orleans, it is no wonder that Patrick has dedicated his professional life to the art of music. As a professional musician with extended residencies in Southern California, Hawai’i, and Florida, his performance credits include the touring Broadway shows A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Evita, Peter Pan, Grease, and Anything Goes. As a freelance musician he has played for such luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Johnnie Mathis, Bob Hope, Marvin Hamlisch, and Rosemary Clooney, to name a few. Selected big band experiences of note have included the Del Courtney Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, the Tom Kubis Big Band and performances with the Bill Watrous Big Band. In addition, Patrick held the position of principal trombone in the Royal Hawaiian Band, the only full-time, fully funded municipal band in the United States. He retired from the band in 2009 after twenty-six years of distinguished service.

An experienced and versatile educator, Patrick led the jazz ensemble program at the University of Hawaiʻi to national prominence, with performances at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, and two appearances at the North Texas Jazz Festival. He has held adjunct positions at both Chaminade University and Brigham Young University – Hawai’i, and also served as the education director / co-artistic director of the Mānoa Jazz and Heritage Festival. Patrick earned his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and also holds degrees in music education (MA) and trombone performance (BM).  He maintains active membership in numerous professional and musicological organizations. Patrick continues to maintain an active career as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and performer. Since moving to Florida in 2012, his performance experiences include Johnny Mathis, Jerry Lewis, the New York Tenors, the Alan Parsons Project, Celtic Thunder, and the Indigo Girls. He performs with a number of Central Florida musical organizations and is Assistant Director of Bands at Stetson University and the Director of the Stetson University Jazz Ensemble.

Lisa Kelly holds a B.M. Degree and an M.M. Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida Jazz Program, where she studied with jazz notables saxophonist Bunky Green, guitarist Jack Peterson, multi-instrumentalist Dr. Bill Prince, and trumpeter Bruce Silva. In 2010 she was profiled in the book, The New Face of Jazz, and in 2013, inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame.” Lisa has been featured with many ensembles, including the famed Larry Elgart Orchestra, the historical St. Johns River City Band, the Chris Riddle Orchestra, UNF JE I, and has performed with such jazz luminaries as Bunky Green, Jack Petersen, Bill Prince, Bill Allred, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Carmen Bradford, Don Menza, Slide Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Cyrus Chestnut, Eddie Metz, Jr, Lynne Arriale, Danny Gottlieb, John Lee, Yotam Silberstein, Bob Draga and many others. She has performed for numerous international festivals, clubs and jazz societies as a guest solo artist, as a co-leader of several small groups and big bands with her husband, renowned trumpeter, JB Scott, as a frequent guest artist/clinician, and as an adjudicator for both vocal and instrumental (combos to big band) competitions and festivals, and for jazz camps.

Kelly has served as the vocal jazz adjunct in interim for UNF, taught music theory at the acclaimed LaVilla Middle SOTA and Douglas Anderson High SOTA programs, has been a frequent guest lecturer on the history Jazz Hall of Fameof vocal jazz, and now teaches applied vocal jazz at the First Coast Community Music School in Jacksonville, Florida. Since 2012, Kelly has served as mentor for the student vocalist to perform with the FMEA All-state High School Jazz Ensemble. Since her 1997 CD, "By Request," debuted at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Kelly has been featured on numerous radio and TV commercials and jingles, on many CD recordings, and has co-produced six successful CD's with JB Scott. More about Ms. Kelly is available on her website, www.kellyscottmusic.com

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