NSU Jazz Ensembles to present Spring Swing Dance on April 28

Woman plays jazz trombone

ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Friday, April 28, the Jazz Ensembles of NSU will host their annual Spring Swing Dance at the historic Ward Hotel.

Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m. Featured will be the NSU Jazz Combo, directed by Frederic Hemke, and the 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Grant Manhart. Dr. Wendy van Gent’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be performing swing music throughout the evening. This year’s event also features the student jazz/rock group “Jet Lagged,” led by Daniel Jimenez, who will add unique flair to the evening of non-stop music and dancing.

The various ensembles will perform a wide variety of swing dance favorites such as “Sing Sing Sing,” “April in Paris,” “Eager Beaver,” Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “The Mood,” among many others. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be performing many songs recently performed at their annual “Sweet Jazz” concert, as well.

The Swing Dance will showcase a variety of NSU vocal and instrumental soloists throughout the evening. Featured student vocal soloists include Tabitha Reule of Mobridge; Nate Wilson of Kimball; Elsa Swanson of Chaska, Minn.; Katie Appl of Aberdeen; and Annie Woodmansey of Pierre. Scott Glodt of Hoven is featured on trombone in the piece “The More I See You.”

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. The event is open to the public. The Ward is located at 104 S. Main St.

For more information about the Spring Swing Dance, contact Manhart at grant.manhart@northern.edu.

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