Annual Jazz Festival to Feature Artist Joey Tartell

January 16, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University will host its 33rd annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26. Throughout the day over 25 high school and junior high school jazz bands will perform in the newly remodeled Main Lounge of Memorial Center and in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall. At 12:45 p.m., guest artist Joey Tartell will give a concert in Westbrook Auditorium with the IWU Jazz Ensemble. All events are free and open to the public.

Coordinated by Thomas Streeter, IWU professor of brass instruments and theory, the Jazz Festival is an opportunity for high school and junior high jazz ensembles to perform in a non-competitive setting and receive feedback from a panel of judges. Since its inception in 1976, the festival has featured a concert by a guest musician in addition to the performances by student ensembles.

This year’s guest, Joey Tartell, is in his fifth year as a trumpet professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is an active performer. Tartell is the lead trumpeter for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and also plays lead in Buselli/ Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Steve Allee Big Band. He received a bachelors in trumpet performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., a masters in jazz studies from the University of Miami, and has studied with Mel Broiles and Vince DiMartino.

The IWU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Streeter, is open to all students of the University by audition. Liberal arts students are encouraged to play side by side with their music major peers. The ensemble has performed in concerts throughout the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Caribbean.

For more information regarding the Jazz Festival, contact the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music at (309) 556- 3061.

Contact: Kimberly Stabosz, (309) 556-3181