“It was great to find this first time together. This collective energy is part of our lives, ”he said.
Stoll does not see the blues as a mere musical genre, but as a common thread connecting American music and important in the culture.
“There is a common thread from blues through country music, rock and up to today’s music like Megan Thee Stallion or Beyonce,” he said.
“Nothing But the Blues” will be a journey through nearly 100 years of blues history, starting with Fletcher Henderson’s 1925 recording which featured a young Louis Armstrong to a piece conducted by a young trombonist named Chris Crenshaw written four years ago.
Singer Chris McDole, who made his SSJO debut when he was just 19, will return to perform on a few songs. Works by Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others will be included.
“It’s easy to listen to and fun content,” Stoll said. “Everyone understands the blues and these songs are from the greatest blues period in American history.”
The concert will feature special guests Sam Chess, a New York-based trombonist; Sequoia Snyder, pianist from Washington, DC; and Cuban horn player Jesus Ricardo.
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Stoll said a Springfield audience deserves the chance to hear world-class musicians like these. It is to this community that he has honed his love for music and that he likes to give back.
“Springfield is a place whether it’s bluegrass, jazz, art, whatever, people will accept it if it’s done with integrity and professionalism. I am delighted that my hometown has this thriving art scene. The band is ready to play and we are happy to give back.
Tickets are still available.
HOW TO GET THERE
What: Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra – Nothing but the Blues
Or: John Legend Theater at the Dome, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday October 16
Admission: 25 $
More information: springfieldsym.org/springfield-symphony-jazz-orchestra/