Jazz Ensemble to hold memorial concert

Jazz Ensemble to hold memorial concert

March 31, 2016

The Baker University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of professor of music J.D. Parr, will host the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Rice Auditorium. The concert, The Blues Brothers Cruise Again!, is free and open to the public.

Donations will be collected at the door to contribute toward the Chris Grubb endowed scholarship that is presented each year to a retuning saxophonist from the ensemble. It is given in the memory of Chris Grubb, who died in an automobile accident in 1985 while a student at Baker.

Returning to the stage at Rice Auditorium are former four-year Baker Jazz Ensemble members Ken Richardson, ’91, saxophonist, and Doug Oswald, ’90, drummer. Both musicians are original members of Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, possibly Kansas City’s most popular, successful and longest-running show and party band. Founded in 1998, the Chickens have performed in a variety of venues across Kansas City. The band performs mostly music made popular by the original Blues Brothers during their appearances on Saturday Night Live and in their hit movie. The band’s name comes from a line in the movie.

Four Fried Chickens and a Coke has released two CDs, Unplucked and Poultry in Motion. Joining Richardson and Oswald will be Landon Murray, bassist with the Chickens, and special guests Jake and Elwood, Blues Brothers impersonators from the Kansas City–based band One Night Only, driving a replica Chicago police car, just as Jake and Elwood did in the movie.

After a 35-year career at Baker, this is J.D. Parr’s final concert as Director of the Jazz Ensemble. It promises to be a spirited and fun evening.