CLU students present free jazz concert

Program includes hard-swinging pieces, lush ballads

The CLU Jazz Ensemble will perform hard-swinging jazz and lush ballads by American composers.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 1, 2013) California Lutheran University students will present a free spring jazz concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Preus-Brandt Forum.

The CLU Jazz Ensemble will perform hard-swinging jazz and lush ballads by American composers and arrangers Sammy Nestico, Neal Hefti, Bill Holman and others.

Hefti, who died in 2008, wrote the theme for the 1960s television show “Batman” and for the movie and television versions of “The Odd Couple.” A prolific composer and arranger of big band music, Nestico is most known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra. Holman’s arrangement of “Give Me the Simple Life” was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1969 live album “Sunshine of Your Love.” Holman is also credited with brass arrangements on The Fifth Dimension’s 1969 album “The Age of Aquarius.”

Peter Woodford will direct. He has been playing guitar professionally since 1969 and played with The Doc Severinsen NBC Tonight Show Band for 19 years. He has accompanied an array of musical artists whose styles include jazz, classical, rock, pop and country. His eclectic career encompasses recordings, television shows, commercials, motion pictures, theatrical productions and concerts. He also works as a fretted instrumentalist for various orchestras in the Los Angeles area.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive. Parking is available in the lots at the corner of Mountclef and Olsen.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit