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Album cover for Jazz Town performed by the UCF Jazz Ensemble I

Jazz Town is the debut release from Flying Horse Records and The Flying Horse Big Band (formerly UCF Jazz Ensemble I). The album features classics and new works such as “Bad Moon” and the title track.

Directed by Jeff Rupert, the band is comprised of freshmen, sophomores, and a few juniors in the emerging Jazz Studies program. Collaborations include jazz singer Vance Villastrigo on “The Eternal Triangle” and “Me and Mrs. Jones” and clarinetist Allan Vaché on “Bugle Call Rag”. In addition, UCF opera faculty member Thomas Potter joins Villastrigo on the James Brown classic “It’s a Man’s World,” inspired by the James Brown/Luciano Pavarotti collaboration. “Lush Life” and “Spring Can Really Hang you Up the Most” are live performances by The Jazz Professors at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival.

Featured Artists:

  • Allan Vaché, clarinet
  • Jeff Rupert, tenor sax
  • Marty Morell, drums
  • Danny Gottlieb, drums
  • Vance Villastrigo, vocals
  • Richard Drexler, bass
  • Per Danielsson, piano

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