JJC Jazz Band to Perform Winter Concert on Dec. 6

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department invites everyone to its annual winter jazz concert in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Joliet Central High School Big Band, under the direction of Mike Fiske, will open up for the JJC Jazz Band.

A jazz band soloist performs during a winter concert at JJC in 2010.

Charles Morgan, JJC music coordinator and JJC director of bands, said there would be many jazz band soloists performing that night, including Mark Grossi of Naperville on alto saxophone; Chad Taylor of Ottawa and Nancy Lehman of Joliet on tenor saxophone; Kerry Erb of Joliet on baritone saxophone; Ron Magiera of New Lenox and Steve Grabavoy of Naperville on trumpet; Neal O’Mara of New Lenox on trombone; Haley Piccola of Braidwood as a vocalist; and Janice Murphy of Orland Park on piano.

“Audiences will be delighted at the talent of these performers,” Morgan said. “The JJC Jazz Band has earned many accomplishments in recent years, and has performed throughout the country at locations in St. Louis, Orlando and New Orleans.”

The Jazz Band will perform the following at the winter concert:

  • “High Five” by Sammy Nestico
  • “Ja-Da” by Bob Carleton
  • “15 Minutes Late” by John Clayton
  • “Smoke Gets In your Eyes” by Philip Mossman
  • “Afro Blue” by Philip Mossman
  • “Everlasting” by Gordon Goodwin
  • “Count Bubba’s Revenge” by Gordon Goodwin
  • “Tri-Bop” by Bill Liston
  • “When I Fall In Love” by Victor Young
  • “Santa Baby” arranged by Alan Glasscock

Admission to the concert is $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, students, JJC faculty and staff; and $2 for JJC students.

The JJC Jazz Band, made up of both student and community members, invites any resident within District 525 to join as long as they can play a jazz instrument. The group meets on Wednesdays on the Main Campus from 7-9:45 p.m. each semester.

For further information about the JJC Fine Arts Department or the JJC Jazz Band, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts or call 815-280-2223.

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