Kirkwood Community College’s student jazz vocalists take the stage once again this fall presenting music from many well-known composers. The RSVP and Jazz Transit groups will perform on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium.
The dozen-plus a cappella tunes in the program reflect popular styles ranging from 1940s jazz to artists of today. Both groups are under the direction of Ray Salucka.
Kirkwood RSVP, a group of three males and three females, will perform popular works including “The Sound of Silence,” by Simon and Garfunkel; “The Luckiest,” by Ben Folds; and “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé. Jazz Transit, a four-female group, will sing hits like “Blee Blop Blues,” by Count Basie; “Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder; and “New York State of Mind,” by Billy Joel.
The concert mainly showcases the groups’ a cappella talents, but some tunes will feature rhythm accompaniment from Salucka at the piano; Lukas Jack, drums; Zane Mikita, guitar; and Ian Draves, bass.
Kirkwood’s vocal jazz groups have built a renowned reputation in college performance circles, with invitations to perform at jazz festivals in the Czech Republic and Switzerland in the past decade. The RSVP and Jazz Transit ensembles have also earned awards and honors in competitions from California to New York.
Tickets for the November 16 vocal jazz concert are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with current ID. Kirkwood students and employees are admitted free. For advance tickets, please call (319) 398-5899 ext. 4331.