Jazz Festival Concert

Ed Calle
Ed Calle

January 18, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The 37th annual Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival will feature a performance by saxophonist Ed Calle, internationally acclaimed jazz performer, prolific composer and associate professor senior at Miami Dade College in Florida. He will perform a number of his compositions and arrangements with the IWU Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12:45 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington).

While the festival is designed as a daylong, non-competitive clinic for students of jazz, the public is welcome to the free performance at 12:45 p.m.

Nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2007, Calle appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada. He has also recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Rihanna, and Vanessa Williams. In addition to performing, Calle is in demand as a jazz clinician, working with students at colleges including Brigham Young University, Temple College, The University of North Florida, The University of Florida, The University of Miami, and West Palm Beach Community College. He also owns and operates One-Take Recording Studios, leads the Fuego Caliente Latin Jazz Orchestra, and has earned a Doctor of Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

The IWU Jazz Festival started in 1976 to encourage junior high and high school ensembles to participate in a non-competitive festival. It includes clinics, known as “master classes,” taught by noted jazz educators and performers from around the country. Calle will give the free, public performance with the Jazz Ensemble after a morning of working with students in master classes.

For further information on the program, contact the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu