Jazz Summit 2012 Grand Finale Concert set for Feb. 25 at Coe

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

2012-02-10 10:57:04 - General

Guest artist Steve Allee will be featured at the 2012 Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, over 80 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in Jazz Summit. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

Tickets to the concert 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 three-day jazz festival and seminar, held Feb. 23 - 25. Events held annually include concerts, workshops and a jazz band competition with awards. In its 21st year, this festival has grown to include more than 2,000 musicians from across the Midwest.

Along with the guest artist, the concert will feature the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Coe Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley.

Featured in the concert will be several pieces composed or arranged by members of the Coe College community. Selections will include “Blues for C.T.” by John Kizilarmut, arranged by Shanley, “Cruisin’ for Home,” composed and arranged by Al Naylor, part-time trumpet instructor at Coe, “Sussudio,” a Phil Collins piece arranged and transcribed by Coe alumnus Duroje Gwamna, and “Interesting Bricks,” composed and arranged by Justin Comber, a senior music performance major at Coe.

Following intermission, the Jazz Ensemble will perform several pieces written by guest artist Steve Allee, including “Thinking of Count,” “Pure Spirit,” “Three Hip Mice” and “Dragonfly.”  The concert will also feature Allee’s arrangement of “Cariba,” by Wes Montgomery.

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 three-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 2012 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 319-399-8600.

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

Steve Allee

Guest artist Steve Allee
Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Allee is a veteran of more than 35 years on the music scene, working principally in jazz, writing and performing for syndicated radio programs, network television and motion pictures, and as a music educator.

Allee began his professional career at 19 with the Buddy Rich Orchestra before he was drafted into military service during the Vietnam War. Through the years, he has worked with a veritable “Who’s Who” of major jazz artists across the United States and abroad, including Slide Hampton, James Moody, the Rufus Reid Quintet, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Bobby Shew and Dianne Schuur.

The artist’s big band CD, “Downtown Blues,” was nominated for a Grammy award, and his work with Los Angeles Post Music has been heard in major television programs such as “Chicago Hope,” “Mad About You,” “Martha Stewart,” “Friends,” “Nash Bridges,” “NYPD Blue,” “Dharma and Greg,” and “Touched by an Angel.”

Allee has taught or lectured at several college and university music programs over the years, including the University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, University of Illinois, Morehead College, Purdue University, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Drury College, and Florida International University. He now teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and other master classes and workshops during the year.