School of Music to Host Annual Jazz Festival
Jan. 26, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University’s
School of Music
will host its 43rd annual Jazz Festival from Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 3.
All festival events are free and open to the public.
The festival will begin with two concerts on Friday at the Bloom Community School
(1100 N. Beech St., Normal) at 1:30 p.m. and the Western Avenue Community Center (600
N. Western Ave., Bloomington) at 4 p.m. The concerts will feature IWU Jazz Festival
All-Stars: trumpeter Todd Kelly from Bradley University, drummer Tom Marko from Illinois
State University, saxophonist Chip McNeill and trombonist Jim Pugh from the University
of Illinois, pianist Michael Stryker from Western Illinois University, and Chicago-based
jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood. Professor Glenn Wilson, director of Illinois Wesleyan’s
Jazz Program, will be performing in various sections.
On Saturday, the festival will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Presser Hall, featuring
19 high school and junior high jazz and vocal jazz ensembles. At 1 p.m., IWU's
and vocal jazz ensemble
, along with all other adjudicators for the festival, will present a concert. From
2:15-3 p.m., the judges will offer individual masterclasses, also free and open to
the public, to showcase various jazz instruments.
the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and The Music
Shoppe helped make this festival possible.
The Music Shoppe, the Jazz Fest’s corporate sponsor, has donated music equipment for
all performers as well as prizes for some of the top ensembles.
For more information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.
By Rachel McCarthy '21