Jazz Ensemble I has been selected as 1 of 15 finalist bands to participate in the Essentially Ellington Festival May 11-13 in New York. We are so excited to have these students make their mark on our program and perform in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
This marks the 14th time that Sun Prairie Jazz has participated as a finalist band.
What a great night of Swing! Jazz I and the Darren Sterud Jazz Orchestra teamed up to present a concert at the Garver Feed Mill in Madison. A sold out crowd enjoyed this holiday themed program. Jazz I performed an opening set, followed by the DSO presenting Duke Ellington's Nutcracker.
Sammy Miller spent two days working with students at Patrick Marsh, Prairie View, Central Heights, as well as Sun Prairie East and West High Schools. Students were involved in performances and masterclasses. Sammy's way of engaging kids and spreading joy through music was on full display! The 2-day residency culminated in a concert featuring volunteer students who had participated in any of the clinics over the past several days within the schools.
What a great return to our live Jazz Festival format! This year marked 29 years of the Jazz Festival and we were excited to host bands from Columbus, Fond du Lac, Grafton, Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek Wausau West, West DePere, and Waunakee. Clincicians included Greg Abate - alto saxophone, David Lown - tenor saxophone, Dan Wallach - alto/bari saxophone, Tatum Greenblatt - trumpet, Marty Robinson - trumpet, Darren Sterud - trombone, Reggie Thomas - piano, Rick Haydon - guitar, Laurie Lang - bass, and Jim Huwe - drums.
In addition to the school performances and master classes, the teacher track returned with a demonstration group from Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School.
Jazz I headed back to the Colonial Club after a year of covid-induced hiatus. Students played an hour set for an incredibly appreciative and receptive audience. Due to covid, these kinds of performances could not occur at the colonial club, so this was a very special event for both the audience and performers.
Jazz played a set that included I Let a Song Go Out of My Hear, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Good Morning Blues, Meetin' Time, Again and Again, Chucho, Fly Me to the Moon, and Little Karin. Additionally, the combo performed a mini-set of There Will Never Be Another You, Besume Mucho and It's Only a Paper Moon.
Maybe the best part is that this performance was also met with the return of post-concert snacks at the Colonial Club. Students were able to participate in that along with the audience.