10th Annual Jazz Up Spring at SF Fine Arts Hall April 7, 2017

10th Annual Jazz Up Spring at SF Fine Arts Hall April 7, 2017


Three different bands, several vocalists and guest artist Kevin Hicks will perform in the 11th annual “Jazz Up Spring” concert by Santa Fe College music students at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville.

Tickets are $15 main floor and $12 balcony for adults; $9 for seniors, children and University of Florida students; and free for Santa Fe College faculty, staff and students with college identification cards. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181 or visit the Fine Arts ticket website at:

Music Professor and Band Director Dr. Steve Bingham, Ph.D., will direct all three bands—the Santa Fe Rhythm and Blues (R&B) Review, the Santa Fe Jazz Combo and the Santa Fe Big Band. Guest artist Kevin Hicks is a former trombone student from the University of Florida’s jazz program who now lives in Los Angeles.

First on the program is the R&B Review featuring music from Motown era. Vocalists Ivan Padilla, Luis Danger and Rowan Housden will perform “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, “Do You Love Me” by The Contours (from the movie “Dirty Dancing”) and “Hit the Road Jack,” written by Shirley Horn and made famous by Ray Charles.

The seven-piece Jazz Combo features SF’s winner of the Florida State College System Activities Association’s 2017 Winter Symposium Jazz Scholarship, Wyatt Thomas, on trombone. Thomas is joined by Steven Hutto, a dual enrollment student from Buchholz High School, on trumpet; Spencer Hoefert, a dual enrollment student from Santa Fe High School, on guitar; Ben Salhanick on bass and Noah Woolard on drums. Two faculty members, Steve Bingham on alto saxophone and Andrew Hamilton on piano, complete the group. Musical selections include “Fly Me to the Moon” featuring Avi Masri on vocals; “Footprints,” a jazz waltz by Wayne Shorter; “Seven Steps to Heaven,” a bebop up-tempo piece by Miles Davis; and “Wave,” a Latin tune by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The last group to perform is the Santa Fe Big Band featuring five saxophones, five trombones and five trumpets plus a rhythm section and two vocalists. Diana Truman will sing “Route 66” by Chuck Berry and Julia Devin will perform “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos. Guest artist Kevin Hicks will be featured as the band performs selections including “A Night in Tunisia” by Charlie Parker, “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Irving Mills and Duke Ellington and “Moment’s Notice” by John Coltrane.

“Jazz Up Spring” is sponsored in part by SF College and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For more information about “Jazz Up Spring,” call Bingham at 352-395-5313.

For more information about the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department or Fine Arts Hall, call Fine Arts Department Chairperson Alora Haynes at 352-395-5296.