Happy Faces

The players in UNLV Jazz Ensemble I are beaming. The nation’s largest-circulation jazz mag, JazzTimes, praised the big band’s new CD, Smilin’ Eyes. The review, in the separately published Jazz Education Guide, noted the (2011-2012) group’s “cooking” grooves and “breezy and languid moods.” Grad students Nate Kimball (trombone) and John Summers (alto/tenor sax) were singled out for their original tunes—pensive, solo-rich “Gaea” and noir-ballad “Love Unknown,” respectively. Grab the CD at the ensemble’s 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-24 shows, part of the UNLV Fall Invitational Jazz Festival. ($10, PAC.unlv.edu, 895-2787.)

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They had me at the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood audio sample. The trio played to a sold-out crowd (one that wasn’t uncomfortably packed in like sardines—thank you, Vinyl). “I mixed a bunch of beer and a bunch of Monster energy drink—it’s kinda like Christmas!” singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler addressed the audience after kicking off with “Sleep Apnea,” then launching into “Hats Off to the Bull.” Whatever he did was working for him as his sound was just as strong as it is on their albums.

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