Guest artist Marques Carroll headlines the 25th Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert

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2016-02-11 10:37:05 - General

Marques Carroll
Marques Carroll

The Coe College Jazz Summit will observe its 25th year with a Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. This year's guest artist is Marques Carroll, a highly regarded trumpet player in the Chicago jazz scene and a music educator. Middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in the 2016 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. 25 - 27. Events held annually include concerts, workshops and a jazz band competition with awards. Over the years, this festival has grown to include nearly 2,000 musicians from across the Midwest.

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

The Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of music, including pieces by Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley, Pat Metheny and Patty Darling.

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, a jazz band competition, an awards ceremony, and the Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensemble from Coe and performances by the guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2016 is sponsored by the Coe College Music Department, Friends of Music at Coe and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The Jazz Summit administrators are Coe Professor of Music William Carson, Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley and Chelsea Dunn, class of 2010.

For more information, call 319-399-8600.

More about Marques Carroll

Marques Carroll has become one of the most diverse sought-out trumpet players the city of Chicago has to offer. Originally from St. Louis, Carroll moved to Chicago to pursue his musical career in 1996 where he attended DePaul University while working on his bachelor's degree in jazz studies performance. While in school Carroll began playing professionally in Chicago with several different bands that included Jazz Big Band, Classic Rock and Soul, small groups, and Latin Jazz Ensembles, and he was able to perform with great jazz artists that were special guests with the DePaul Jazz Ensemble. Throughout his career at DePaul University while working on his B.A., Carroll shared the stage and collaborated with Dick Oates, Tom Harrell, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Jon Fedchock, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Byron Stripling, Kenny Werner, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Jon Faddis and Carl Allen.

After graduating DePaul University in 2001, Carroll continued his journey in Chicago and quickly developed a trumpet studio in which he teaches students privately from the south side of Chicago to the north side of Chicago. The emphasis in his teaching is to make the complete trumpet player and musician for today's working music scene in all genres and styles. Carroll became the number one jazz trumpet instructor for the New Trier Music Department in 2005 and also became a clinician for Midwest Young Artist over the years.

Carroll became a first call sub for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble while under the direction of Dana Hall. Carroll would play section or lead trumpet for the ensemble and perform with artists such as Christian McBride, Etienne Charles, Meshell Ndegocello and Nicholas Payton. Upon Carroll's return to DePaul University in 2012-2014 to work on his master's degree in jazz performance, he would become the lead trumpet player for the top Jazz Ensemble. This included performing a weeklong tour and recording with drummer Jeff Hamilton, playing a weeklong show at the Jazz Showcase with Jimmy Heath, John Fedchock and Randy Brecker.

Carroll is a top call freelance musician who also plays lead trumpet for The Chicago Yestet and as a soloist for groups and artists such as blues guitarist Guy King, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Tops, R. Kelly, The Tom Matta Big Band, The DePaul Alumni Big Band, The BMC and The Larry King Orchestra. Carroll also had the pleasure of traveling to perform throughout Europe, Vietnam (Hue Music Festival) and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Carroll continues to stay active in music education throughout the city of Chicago. Currently the Musical Director for the Chicago Jesuit Academy, Carroll has written the course outline and curriculum in which students are exposed to jazz history, theory and instrumental pedagogy. This program has become a cornerstone for the school itself and has provided many students to continue their love for music on a higher level at the Chi Arts Academy. Carroll continues to do great work within the Chicago Public school system giving clinics and master classes in trumpet and music performance.