Saxophonist Jarrard Harris headlines Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2018-02-09 06:54:00 - General

Saxophonist Jarrard Harris
Saxophonist Jarrard Harris

Saxophonist Jarrard Harris will perform with the Coe College Jazz Ensemble at the Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Iowa's largest jazz festival will feature more than 90 middle school and high school bands from across the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

Tickets to the concert may be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of music. Other Coe musical groups featured at the concert include the Sinfonia Jazz Ensemble directed by Coe student Jonah Prall, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Lynne Rothrock. Musical selections will include "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon, "Back Home Again in Indiana" by Ballard MacDonald and James Hanley, "Chucho" by Paquito D'Rivera and "Wild Card Shuttle" by Paul Clark.

The Grand Finale concert is the climax of a three-day jazz festival and seminar, held Feb. 22 - 24. Events held annually include performances, clinics with leading jazz educators, and a jazz band competition with awards. Over the years, this festival has grown to include nearly 2,000 musicians from across the Midwest.

More about Jarrard Harris

A native of Louisville, saxophonist and educator Jarrard Harris attended the Youth Performing Arts School in high school and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) to further his jazz studies. At CCM he studied with Rick VanMatre, Pat Harbison and Marc Fields. Upon graduation from CCM, Harris moved to Chicago to further his studies at DePaul University where under the tutelage of Bob Lark, Tim Coffman and Marc Colby, he earned his master’s degree in jazz studies.

Currently Harris lives in Chicago, where he is on the jazz faculty of Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago and the City Colleges of Chicago. He also serves as the director of jazz studies with the Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Education Program at Gallery 37.

Harris maintains an active private teaching studio in addition to adjudicating and performing at college and high school festivals, giving master classes and lecturing. He has performed with leading musicians across the United States and abroad. Harris was a founding board member of the Jazz Education Network and serves as a current board member for the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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 Coe College Jazz Ensemble and performances by guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2018 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 319-399-8521.