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L-W Central hosts 6th annual Jazz Festival
Monday, January 14, 2013

The sounds of jazz could be heard all around Lincoln-Way Central on Saturday January 12 as the Lincoln-Way Central Music Department hosted the 6th annual Jazz Festival in the fine arts wing of the high school.

Twenty-two junior high and senior high jazz ensembles, totaling 414 student musicians, performed and learned Saturday in clinics with Chicago's top jazz educators and musicians.

"Ensembles received a forty-minute clinic with a panel of jazz educators, and were given positive feedback with regard to musical interpretation, style, and ensemble performance," stated Stacy Williams-Jackson, Central Music Department Chair.

Participating adjudicators included: Dr. Robert Lark, trumpet; Tim Coffman, trombone; Bob Palmieri, guitar from DePaul University; Mark Colby, saxaphone and Bob Rummage, drums from both DePaul University and Elmhurst College; and professional musicians Bradley Williams, piano; Mark O'Connor, saxophone; and John Wojciechowski, saxaphone.

"All student participants received instrument-specific clinics from our guest artists. The students were really pleased with the helpful instruction they received," noted Jackson.

"Best of Day" citations were awarded by the clinicians to honor the best ensembles from each respective performance venue. Earning "Best of Day" citations were: Lincoln-Way East Jazz Combos I & II, Argo High School, and Lincoln-Way West High School.

In addition to the clinics, students received a special noontime concert performed by the Mark Colby Quartet, featuring Chicago jazz musicians Eric Hochberg on bass, Jeremy Kahn on piano, and drummer Bob Rummage.

Local groups participating in the festival included Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North, Lincoln-Way West, two bands from Providence Catholic High School, the combined New Lenox #122 Jazz Band, and three bands from Summit Hill Junior High School.

Joliet West High School, HL Richards High School, Argo High School, Sandburg High School, Chicago Christian High School, and Crown Point High School rounded out the high school roster, with Jefferson Middle School and Old Quarry (Lemont) Middle School band on the junior high roster.

"The Chicago area is known for its great jazz and we are so pleased to be able to offer many talented jazz musicians to share their expertise with our students," noted Jackson.

The Lincoln-Way Jazz Festival is sponsored by the Lincoln-Way Central Music Boosters.

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