Flying Horse Records

UCF Jazz Ensemble I

Jazz Town

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Jazz Town is the debut release from Flying Horse Records... The Flying Horse Big Band (formerly the UCF Jazz Ensemble I), comprised of freshmen, sophomores, and a few juniors in the emerging Jazz Studies program, recorded seven pieces with director Jeff Rupert. The collaboration includes not only classics but also new works such as “Bad Moon” and the title track written specifically for the UCF Jazz Ensemble. Jazz singer Vance Villastrigo joins the band on the jazz standard, “The Eternal Triangle”, arranged by Cliff Pecota and on the soul classic, “Me and Mrs. Jones”, arranged specifically for this collaboration. Repertory works include the Fletcher Henderson arrangement of “Bugle Call Rag”, featuring several student soloists along with Allan Vaché on clarinet, whose contribution is exciting and flawless. Thomas Potter (UCF voice faculty) joins the UCF band and Villastrigo for a remake of the James Brown classic, “It’s a Man’s World”, inspired by the James Brown/Luciano Pavarotti collaboration. “Lush Life” and “Spring Can Really Hang you Up the Most” are live performances by The Jazz Professors at the acclaimed UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival.

Featured Artists:

  • Allan Vaché, clarinet
  • Jeff Rupert, tenor sax
  • Marty Morell, drums
  • Danny Gottlieb, drums
  • Vance Villastrigo, vocals
  • Richard Drexler, bass
  • Per Danielsson, piano

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Phone: 407-823-5411 • E-mail: Jeffrey.Rupert@ucf.edu