VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University will host the 2014 Jazz Fest from April 7 to 12, offering a line-up of local, regional, and international jazz artists capped with a thrilling performance by the Grammy Award-winning vocal group New York Voices.
In addition to guest performances, the University’s faculty and student ensembles, as well as high school jazz ensembles, will participate in the festivities. Performances by local high school bands will kick off the week April 7 and 8. Each performance will be held at 6 p.m. in the Harre Union Ballrooms.
“Our commitment to presenting the highest quality professional musicians in concert as well as extraordinary performance and clinical opportunities for students of all ages continues with the 29th anniversary of the festival,” said Jeff Brown, jazz studies coordinator at Valparaiso University.
“This year we present more than 300 high school students from surrounding counties; new music commissioned especially for both Windiana and the Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble; a tribute to jazz pianist/composer and native of Gary, Ind., Billy Foster; the trombone/composer/arranger artistry of John Fedchock; and finally the Grammy Award-winning New York Voices,” Brown said.
Featured Jazz Fest performances include:
• Special Double Billing: Windiana Concert Band, featuring select repertoire as well as a special premiere of a commissioned composition; followed by “An Evening with Billy Foster, A Musical Retrospective” – 7 p.m April 9 at Harre Union Ballroom
• Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble featuring guest trombonist John Fedchock. An evening of Fedchock’s arrangements and compositions as well as a special premiere commissioned performance, 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Harre Union Ballroom
• Valparaiso University Faculty Jazz Trio with guest John Fedchock – 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Harre Union Ballroom
• The New York Voices – 8 p.m. April 12 at Harre Union Ballroom
“The excellent tradition of the Jazz Fest continues as we arrive on the cusp of our 30th anniversary,” Brown said. “Enjoy!”
Tickets are available at the Harre Union Welcome Desk, call (219) 464-5414. For more information, visit valpo.edu/union.