The first University Recital Series concert of the semester was held in the Manion Theater on Tuesday with “A Tribute to Broadway;” an electrifying performance from Dr. Greg Kehl Moore along with many professional jazz players from the area—featuring Tanya Moore on vocals. All of the charts that were played were arranged by Dr. Moore.
The band opened the concert with a fun opener call “Rhythm-A-Ning”, a tune written by Thelonious Monk over the chord progression from “I’ve Got Rhythm” by George Gershwin. This was followed by “Another Jones,” which contained an original Melody written by Moore over the chord progression from “Have You Met Miss Jones” By Richard Rogers. Moore’s melody added a lot of new flavor to the laid back original.
The band then introduced Tanya Moore to the mix when they performed “Ballad of the Sad Young Men,” a song from the show, The Nervous Set, which according to Dr. Moore was a flop. Their performance of the song, however, was not.
Next was the famous “Luck Be a Lady” from the show Guys and Dolls. Starting out taking turns in the slow intro, the players lead into the upbeat and catchy tune that can easily get stuck in a person’s head for days. This was then contrasted by their next chart, which was the more easy going: “I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You” from Evita.
For the last two pieces, they brought out Tanya Moore once again, starting with “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” and closing with the soulful “Mama Who Bore Me.”
The performance was most certainly a success. Everyone involved gave it their all and looked as though they were having a blast. Congratulations go out to Dr. Moore on his fantastic arrangements of some classic Broadway literature.