Natchez Festival Of Music - Dave Brubeck's Take Five

Natchez Festival Of Music - Dave Brubeck's Take Five

Friday, May 29, 2020 at 7:00pm


Did you know that the Dave Brubeck composition “Take Five” has a 5/4 signature? That’s a fun fact to know as you listen to this concert featuring the music of Dave Brubeck, considered one of America’s foremost musicians. Innovative with odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality, he wrote and performed music that is as vibrant today as it was when he wrote it in the last century. He was named a Jazz Master by the Library of Congress and, because he also composed classical music integrated with jazz elements, he was inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Performing Brubeck’s music will be Sam Bruton, Larry Panella, David Pellow, and Pete Wehner.

Sam Bruton is a jazz pianist, composer and professor of philosophy at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has performed with nationally known artists such as Delfeayo Marsalis and Don Rickles and Mississippi artists Vasti Jackson and the Capital Big Band.

Saxophonist Larry Panella is director of jazz studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has performed with numerous artists including the Phil Collins Big Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra and Natalie Cole.

Bassist David Pellow hails from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and has performed in the United States and Japan with such jazz artists as Billy Eckstine, David Liebman, Jimmy Ponder, Joe Morelllo, Dianne Schuur and Back Pizzarelli. He was trained at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities and served at Carnegie Mellon as an artist lecturer teaching professor and the Director of Jazz Studies from1994 to 2009. He recently earned a PhD in Music Education and String Pedagogy Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Completing the ensemble is drummer Pete Wehner whose interest in jazz harmony led him to pursue a master’s degree in jazz arranging and composition at the University of North Texas. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by jazz ensembles in the United States, South America and Europe. He has performed with renowned jazz musicians including Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Rob McConnell, Don Menza, Bill Watrous, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd and Joe Williams.

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