About the event
Washington State University School of Music proudly presents Fatt Jazz featuring jazz fusion guitarist Brad Ard, and jazz fusion electric bassist Dave Snider from the WSU jazz faculty with special guest jazz drummer Dan Smith. Brad Ard and Dave Snider have created special arrangements and compositions for this concert.
This special performance was inspired by the group’s desire to do a contemporary jazz-fusion concert for our WSU School of Music and our music community. Frankenstein, a composition by Edgar Winter, is an arrangement by Brad Ard and Dave Snider. It is a very heavy progressive rock chart. It will set the vibe for the entire night.
Brad Ard’s arrangement of Little Wing, composed by Jimi Hendrix is a crowd pleaser. It is a cool rock ballad done as an instrumental which would definitely put a smile on Jimi’s face.
Other charts by Ard include his original composition Enter an exciting chart with a hint of the great Pat Metheny kind of ECM vibe. Bright Size Life is another great composition by Pat Metheny with a heavy ECM fusion feel. Ard and Snider worked together on a chart for a Dizzy Gillespie composition, A Night in Tunisia, a Latin fusion chart that really cooks.
Europa, composed Carlos Santana, is done in a smooth ballad groove. It will definitely get you groovin’. Brad Ard’s arrangement of Feel Like Makin Love composed by Eugene McDaniels, is a wonder R&B semi ballad with a lot of groove. Now She’s Blonde composed by John Scofield is a very cool fusion chart. Brad’s solo on this chart is breath taking.
Led Boots composed Jeff Beck is our closer for the evening. Words can’t described this chart, you have to be there to experience the groove. This concert promises to be a fun and exciting evening of jazz!
Proceeds from ticket sales in the series benefit the School of Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets on sale one hour before performances in the lobby. Cost: $10 general admission, $5 senior citizens (55+) and non-WSU students and free for WSU students with ID.