TAMIU Senior Recital Nov. 4 features Jazz Drumming
Throughout history, the beat of the drum has measured the movement of
cultures and changes in times.
On Thursday, November 4, Texas A&M International University graduating
senior Jose A. Guerra II will present his senior recital detailing the
history of jazz drumming.
The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Center for the Fine and
Performing Arts' Recital Hall. Admission is free of charge and open to
Guerra's recital and lecture is unusual in its scope and its presentation,
said one of his faculty panelists, Dr. Susan Berdahl, assistant professor
"Joe Guerra is well-known here in Laredo and has recorded professionally.
His recital will provide a sequence of styles within the jazz genre and
will include pre-swing, Big Band, Pre-Bop, Be-Bop, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz
and Post Be-Bop. Throughout, he'll incorporate performances and PowerPoint
presentations. He'll be accompanied by five musicians, some traveling
here from San Antonio. We are lucky to have an accomplished musician like
Guerra graduating from our program," Dr. Berdahl explained.
Guerra said that he hopes his recital offers a general overview of a
sequence of styles within the genre of jazz.
In program notes, he writes, "The important thing to remember is
how these styles morphed into one another. The consistency lies within
the 'swing' feel of the sub-divisions of the basic beat, the swing eighth
note," he writes.
Joining Guerra for his recital will be Cecil Carter on trumpet, coronet
and flugelhorn; Bill Holman on saxophones and clarinet; George Saenz on
trombone; George Prado on acoustic bass and Jerry Quintero on piano.
For additional information, please contact the TAMIU Department of Fine
and Performing Arts at 326.2649.
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