Jazz-versions of classic songs comes to Friday Jazz Series

The Friday Jazz Series will return to East Los Angeles College this Friday with a performance by lounge band Nutty.

The band is set to play songs by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Police and Aerosmith  in ways that interpret them into a completely different genre.

According to the band director and singer Joel Hile who goes by Sonny Moon, it is a creative way to share the history of Jazz.

“We’re all about jazz history,” Moon said, “Every tune we play is an amalgam of familiar jazz classics and familiar rock classics—in all cases, the music we work with is the stuff we love and wish to pay homage to.”

One of the songs that band has posted on their Soundcloud, uses Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and weaves it into The Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin,” a popular ‘60s rock ballad.

Several of the guys Moon say that the band is all about celebrating their heroes, taking classic songs make them new again.

“It’s music we grew up with that has stood the test of time,” Moon said.

The ensemble is made up musicians that music teachers and mentors to music students, so they read (music) well, according to Moon. This allows Moon and Mike Werner who goes by Guy Wonder, to put all of the focus and time on writing charts.

“We spend quality time on arranging and rarely need to rehearse with the full band,” Moon said, “at the same time, the core of the band has been together for a while, which adds to the personality and chemistry and cohesiveness of the group’s sound and vibe.”

The concert will be at the S2 building and general admission is $12.Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $6 regular for ELAC students with valid identification. There will be parking available for guests on the fourth floor of the parking structure next to the S2 building.

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