Jazz Ensembles to Perform with Guest Drummer
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A concert with Illinois Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble and vocal jazz
group Unlicensed Syncopation will feature guest artist Tony Martucci on Tuesday, April
16 at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium (1210 N. Park Street). This event
is free and open to the public.
The Jazz Ensemble’s lineup for the concert includes: Message from Westlake by Mike Kamuf, Semi-Mental Journey by Jim Martin, I’ll Take Les by John Scofield, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Manning Sherwin, General Rodney by Chris Potter, For Lena and Lenny by Quincy Jones and Any Dude’ll Do by Bill Holman.
Unlicensed Syncopation will perform from the following selections: Sometimes I’m Happy, Young and Foolish, This Little Light of Mine, Before I Gaze at
You Again and Inherently Dangerous. The two groups will then combine to perform Sing, Sing, Sing by Prima, Eldrige and Meader, arranged by Meader.
Toni Martucci, adjunct professor of drum at Virginia Commonwealth University, will
perform alongside the Jazz Ensemble and Unlicensed Syncopation. During his decades-long
career, Martucci has founded a number of ensembles and jazz groups, performed at international
festivals and presented drum master classes at a variety of institutions. He has worked
alongside many notable artists, including tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, and has
played at the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21