Dave Alexander to headline Cameron’s Country Jazz Fusion concert

Western swing favorite Dave Alexander and his band return to Cameron University for "A Tribute To Frank Sinatra," the 29th annual Country Jazz Fusion concert, on Thursday, November 5 at 8 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Alexander will join the CU Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble, both directed by John Moots, professor of music. Tickets are $10 for general admission. All Cameron faculty, staff and student receive two free tickets with proper identification. Tickets can be purchased at the Cashier's Desk in the CU Administration Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. photo of Dave Alexander

The concert will feature a repertoire of musical favorites ranging from Frank Sinatra classics such as "Come Fly With Me," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Strangers In The Night", "My Way" and others, as well as country and jazz standards including "All of Me," "What A Wonderful World," "Western Boogie," "Fly Me To The Moon" and more.

CU students performing with either the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble or the Cameron University Jazz Improvisation/Combo are Jonathan Fletcher, Cache; Lorenzo Diaz, Andrew Finley, Kaven Johnson, Robbi Rice, Duncan; Erik Auberg, Hobart; Daniel Billings, Kaetlyn Brennan, Clay Commings, Jason Dozier, Nathan Franklin, Erick Gonzalez, Korynne Gonzales, Caleb Marlin, Steve Melton, Joel Paoli, Jonathan Phelps, Daren Powell, Anjelika Ramsdell, Matthew Stringfellow, Eric Vitense, Clint Williams, Lawrence Williams, all of Lawton; Aaron Yuhas, Mesquite, TX; Dermonte Adams, Oklahoma City; and Adam Flowers, Terrell, TX.

Performing with the Cameron/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble are CU students Jason Buschman, Daniel Billings, Nathan Franklin, James Johnson, Danny Morris, Jonathan Phelps, Eric Vitense, all of Lawton, and Christopher Williams, Marlow. They will be joined by community musicians Henry Adcock, K. Kay Alsobrook, Monty Booker, CU faculty member Roy Couch, Ray Cox, Bruce Detweiler, Brian Francis, Gary Gardner, Cody Gee, Derick Griner, David Huey, Kittie Huey, Joey Kinsman, Ryan Peddycoart and Ralph Sailer.

Dave Alexander will be joined by his band, steel guitar legend Maurice "Reece" Anderson, acclaimed jazz guitarist Ryan Davidson and two-time World Fiddling Champion Randy "Snuffy" Elmore.

One of the most popular Western swing performers in the nation, Alexander combines the heritage and success of yesterday's great western music with the fever and excitement of his own compositions and today's hottest musicians. A former member of the world-famous Texas Playboys, he is a member of the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame and has been named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. His latest CD is "The Oklahoma Swing Project," a veritable who's who of Western swing music that combines a previously unheard 1982 recording by some of the genre's most talented pickers enhanced by new vocals and tracks by Alexander, Leon Rausch, Jimmy Burson, Barry Corbin, Red Steagall and more.

The 29th annual Country Jazz Fusion Concert is sponsored by the Cameron University School of Liberal Arts, CU Department of Music, Cameron University Foundation's Friends of Jazz, CU Lectures and Concerts Committee and Miller Pro Audio.

For more information on the concert, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 581-2440 or John Moots at 581-2432 or by email at johnmoo@cameron.edu.

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