The University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble 1
(United States)

In 1960 the first extracurricular student jazz group at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) was formed. A decade later, Dr. Kent Kidwell formalized a student jazz ensemble as a formal class and founded a modern jazz program, whose groups began receiving top honors at many respected jazz festivals. Jazz at Central University has now grown to include eleven groups with multiple undergraduate and graduate jazz degree offerings. UCO big bands, combos and individual students have received numerous awards and honors for outstanding performances at events held around the world. The current Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Brian W. Gorrel, took over leadership of the UCO Jazz Ensemble 1 in 2009. Since then, this flagship group has toured extensively and performed in many international reputed events, including the 50th anniversary of the Jazz à Juan Festival (France), the Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), the Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville and in Reno, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Oklahoma Music Educators Annual Conference in Tulsa, and the Monterey Jazz Festival (United States). Award winner twice of the “Large Jazz Ensemble” category in the Downbeat Magazine Annual Student Music Awards, the UCO Jazz Ensemble 1 also won the first prize in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

A former member of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra among other professional accolades, Dr. Brian W. Gorrel also serves as Advisor for UCO’s Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and teaches Applied Saxophone. He also currently serves as Music Director for the well-known “Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra” and leads his own group “Brian Gorrell & Jazz Company”. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UCO in 1995 and earned a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at Oklahoma City University studying with acclaimed classical saxophonist Dr. Gail Hall in 1998.

Sunday, July, 9 | 21h

Forte de Albarquel

Monday, July, 10 | 21h30

Ruínas do Carmo – Museu Arqueológico do Carmo

Wednesday, July, 12 | 22h00

Parque San Sebastian de Ogíjares


Selections from:

All of Me – Simons/Mars, Thad Jones (arr.)

Round Midnight – Monk, Slide Hampton (arr.)

After You’ve Gone – Creamer/Layton, Bill Holman (arr.)

The Jody Grind – Horace Silver, John Clayton (arr.)

Body & Soul – Green/Sour, Will Campbell (arr.)

Beulah Witch – Don Menza

Time Check – Don Menza

Tico Tico – Oliveira/Drake, Bill Holman (arr.)

Prism – Bill Dobbins

Camels – John Daversa

New Spanish Boots – Don Menza

My Man’s Gone Now – Gershwin, Bill Potts (arr.)

Trains – Mainieri, Eric Miyashiro (arr.)

I’ve Got What?! – Steve Owen

Central Park North – Thad Jones

Shangr-La – Van Heusen, Bill Byers (arr.)

Little Pixie II – Thad Jones

Apollo’s Reel – Tom Molter

Samba de Rollins – Don Menza

You Must Believe in Spring – LeGrand, Vern Sielert (arr.)

Small Note Boogaloo – Ben Patterson

Deedle’s Blues – Morgan Aimes, Frank Foster (arr.)