IWU Jazz Groups Invite Local High School Ensemble to Perform
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s Vocal Jazz Lab Ensemble and Unlicensed
Syncopation will perform alongside “Jazzin’ The Evenin,’” an ensemble from University
High School in Normal, on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Westbrook Auditorium
in Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). The concert is free and open to the
This year marks the second year that the IWU Vocal Jazz program has invited a local
high school ensemble to perform, giving high school students the opportunity to establish
a personal connection with the IWU School of Music and its students. The repertoire
for all three ensembles will include music from a variety of renowned composers, such
as Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and flautist Kenny Garrett, “Poet Laureate of
Jazz” Jon Hendricks and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Bill Evans. The ensembles
will conclude the concert together with a performance of the widely-covered song “I’ll
Be Seeing You,” written by composer Sammy Fain and lyricist Irving Kahal.
The IWU Vocal Jazz Lab Ensemble, founded in 2016, is comprised of both music and non-music
majors, who gain exposure to many styles of jazz music throughout their performances.
The ensemble is led by Visiting Instructor of Music Education Andrew Dahan, who also
directs Unlicensed Syncopation.
Established in 2015, Unlicensed Syncopation is open for any IWU student interested
in jazz and jazz-influenced music to audition. The ensemble consists of approximately
twelve vocalists and a rhythm section. Students develop improvisation skills, knowledge
of contemporary vocal jazz literature, and experience performing in ensembles and
as soloists. The ensemble performs at jazz festivals throughout the year, both at
the annual IWU Jazz Festival and across the Midwest.
For additional information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21