JAZZ SPECTRUM vocal quartet +
This is an energetic, jazz influenced vocal quartet backed by 4 swinging musicians. From lush
ballads to hip renditions of big band music...from good-time 50's R & R and Doo Wop to
lightening fast vocalese lyrics, Jazz Spectrum lays down a dazzling performance of rich
harmonies and tight ensemble work.
They salute their predecessors with updated versions of hits made famous by the fabulous
vocal groups of the 40's like The Modernairs, King Sisters and Pied Pipers plus those 50's
groups like The Four Freshmen and Four Aces as well as The Manhattan Transfer. Lambert,
Hendricks and Ross of the late 50's is also a favorite.
All arrangements are written be Bob Zaun, leader, including his vocalese lyrics in the style of
Jon Hendricks, the poet laureate of jazz!
Ryan Eifert, Guest Artist... schedule permitting, Bob's grandson and Stacy and John's son, Ryan often joins Jazz Spectrum
for a few numbers. He is only 17 years old but already an accomplished musician,. Ryan's main instrument is tenor
saxophone but he also plays alto sax, vibes, drums and piano. He has been "sitting in" with Jazz Spectrum since he was 13.
During the summers of 2010 & 2011, he studied at Birch Creek Jazz Camp in Egg Harbor, WI, an audition only camp. He was
one of the youngest ever to attend....see photo at left. Ryan also plays lead tenor sax with the Midwest Young Artists, lead
alto sax in the Mundelein High School Jazz Ensemble and tenor sax in Mundelein's Wind Ensemble. Larry Boisen is also very
proud of Ryan. Ryan has been his student since 4th grade. In addition to Larry, Ryan is studying jazz improvisation with Chris
Madsen, jazz faculty, Northwestern University. His own blues band, "Wells and VanBuren" has been featured on Channel 9
and Channel 5. They recently performed at the Cubbie Bear Lounge.
Paige Eifert, Guest Artist...made her professional debut June 27, 2013 with Jazz Spectrum in concert at the Memorial Park
Bandshell, Menominee Michigan. She is Stacy and John's daughter. Paige sat in on trumpet for a few numbers and was
featured on the lovely ballad, "But Beautiful. " See photo at left. She is only 14 years old and had just graduated from
Fremont Middle School. Prior to graduation she auditioned for placement in the Mundelein HS band program. Somewhat
unprescedented, she was placed in Mundelein's award winning, Jazz Ensemble and their elite Wind Ensemble. Rarely does
a freshman ach\ieve such status. Her proud trumpet teacher is Dennis Sullivan.
Jazz Spectrum Now On YouTube...thanks to "Media Mike" Goba, 25 songs have been posted on YouTube. Mike video taped
the group during a performance in Bartlett, IL and graciously shared his work with the internet world. He also taped a
Holiday set, performed in December, 2009 which he has posted.
SPOTIFY has all three of Jazz Spectrum's CD's available for listening....FREE!
Fremont Intermediate School Jazz Band....( 5th graders!) under the direction of Lisa Bordelon performed Bob Zaun's
arrangement of Melba's Blues in concert, May 15, 2012. In 2010 they performed his original composition, Blues For Two.
Fremont School in Mundelein, IL has a fabulous band program under the direction of Brent Burger. About 500 band students
from 4th thru 8th grade populate 4 concert bands and 4 jazz bands! Bob has also arranged for the Intermediate School Mixed
Chorus under the direction of Dana Harvey.
Studying With Michele Weir...Bob Zaun has been studying arranging with internationally respected jazz educator, arranger,
vocalist, Michele Weir. Michele recently completed the vocal production of Manhattan Transfer's latest CD, The Chick Corea
Songbook. She also arranged "500 Miles High" for the album. See her website at: www.micheleweir.com
Studying With Chris Madsen....Bob has also been studying big band arranging with Chris Madsen, director of Jazz Studies,
Northwestern University. See his website: http://chrismadsen.net/
Sad News...Craig Burgess, alto/tenor sax has passed away at age 52 in December 2009! Craig and Bob in 1980 were
co-founders of Jazz Spectrum, an instrumental quartet at that time. Craig had multiple stomach and spinal problems
resulting in surgery in 2007. His recovery was slow and his balance was affected. While walking his dog he slipped, hitting
his head and was taken by helicopter to the emergency room in Janesville, WI. A few weeks later he died. Oh, how he will be
missed. We had so much fun together!
saxes, flute, harmonica
Robb Calabro, sax
Brent Burger, sax