Jazz Summit 2011 Grand Finale Concert set for Feb. 26 at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2011-02-14 15:40:21 - General

Guest artists Craig Boche and Virginia Mayhew will be featured at Coe College’s 2011 Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 78 middle school and high school jazz bands are participating from throughout the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert intermission.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

The Grand Finale concert is the climax of a two-day jazz festival and seminar, held Feb. 25 and 26. Events held annually include concerts, workshops and a jazz band competition with awards. This festival has grown to include nearly 2,000 musicians.

Along with the guest artists, the concert will feature the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, co-directed by Steve Shanley and Al Naylor.

Selections performed by the Jazz Ensemble will include “Lester Leaps In” by Lester Young and “Sultry Sunset” by Duke Ellington. Numbers arranged by Shanley include “Straight Life” by Freddie Hubbard, “Feelin’ Good” by Newley and Bricusse, and “Spider Man” by Harris and Webster.

Following intermission, the Jazz Ensemble will perform several pieces written by guest artist Virginia Mayhew, including “Hi Ya, Mama,” “Once in a While,” “Apple Flambe” and “Never Enough.” The concert will conclude with “Manteca” by Gillespie, arranged by Mike Tomaro.

Jazz Summit
Held annually the last weekend in February, the Jazz Summit features appearances by leading jazz musicians. The Jazz Summit was founded in 1992 and continues a tradition of jazz festivals at Coe College that stretches back to the 1970s. The festival has grown from an afternoon event with an evening concert to a two-day festival encompassing clinics, workshops, jam sessions, a jazz band competition, an awards ceremony, and the huge Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensemble from Coe and performances by the guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2011 is sponsored by the Coe College Music Department, Friends of Music at Coe and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The Jazz Summit administrator is Coe College Music Professor Dr. William Carson.

For more information, call 399-8600.

Additional information about the 2011 Jazz Summit guest artists is as follows:

Craig Boche

Craig Boche
The songs Craig Boche sings are filled with beauty, love, passion and romance - the very things that make life worth living. The music and lyrics intertwine to make the perfect recipe of class and cool.

Ever since he can remember, Boche has been drawn to the voices of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Julie London, Nat Cole and many more. He didn't just listen to them, he learned from them. By studying their recordings and TV appearances, Boche absorbed various attributes such as: phrasing of the lyric, voice inflection, audience interaction, stage presence, humor, and song selection...all seemingly effortless nuances.

Over the years, Boche has given countless performances in venues all over the Midwest. Audiences area amazed by the quality and authenticity of his voice. From soft romantic ballads to traditional "ring a ding" swing to wild "jump" tunes, he exhibits vocal depth, accuracy and versatility. Although his voice and style have been compared to Martin, Sinatra, Darin and others, in the end his voice remains uniquely his own. Boche’s stage presence and interaction with the audience create a blend of irreverent elegance and modern day cool which leaves crowds cheering for more.

Virginia Mayhew

Virginia Mayhew
Saxophonist-composer-arranger Virginia Mayhew has been an active participant in the New York jazz scene since 1987.  Mayhew has appeared in most of the city's jazz venues, as well as performing throughout the United States, Europe, the Newly Independent States, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

In addition, Mayhew has established her credentials in the field of jazz education as a teacher of private students, as faculty at numerous jazz camps (including Stanford Jazz Workshop, Monterey Jazz Festival summer camp, Litchfield Jazz Camp and Jazz Camp West), and as an experienced clinician and Artist-In-Residence (including University of Massachusetts, University of Louisville, Bloomington University, Williams College, and others). She has traveled around the U.S. working as an adjudicator, teaching master classes, and working with school ensembles large and small.

Mayhew is the musical director and saxophonist of the Duke Ellington Legacy, a nine-piece group led by Ellington's grandson, Edward Kennedy Ellington II. The Ellington Legacy is dedicated to keeping Ellington's music through performances in schools, retirement communities, prisons, public concerts, and clubs. In addition to her own quartets and septet, Mayhew is also part of an exciting new project, "Dreamin' the Duke," in addition to rhythm, horns and a string quartet. "Dreamin' the Duke" had its debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.