Jazz Festival Concert
Jan. 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The 38th annual Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival will feature a performance
by jazz educator and producer, Greg Gisbert. He is set to perform with the IWU Jazz
Ensemble on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 12:45 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall
(1210 Park St., Bloomington). The festival is designed as a daylong clinic for students
The public is welcome to the free performance.
According to music critics, Greg Gisbert’s musical talent shined through at an early
age, which led him to become a sensation in the jazz scene. Originally from Denver,
Gisbert left his hometown and attended Burklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.
He has toured with Buddy Rich and has been an essential player with the Woody Herman
Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Maria Schneider and Norman Simmons. Gisbert has also
worked with Joe Roccisano, recorded with Chuck Bergeron, Loren Shoenberg and Ken Pelpowski
along with accompanying Carol Sloane and Susannah McCorkle in large ensembles. He
has recorded three albums under his own name for Criss Cross Jazz and is a founding
member of the highly regarded group, Convergence. In recent years, he has started
teaching in addition to conducting clinics across the United States.
The IWU Jazz Festival was founded in 1976 to encourage junior high and high school
ensembles to participate in a non-competitive festival. There will be master classes,
which are taught by prestigious jazz educators and performers from across the United
For further information on the Jazz Festival, contact the Illinois Wesleyan School
of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Nunzia Martino, ’16, (309) 556-3181, email@example.com