Student Soloists Featured at JJC Jazz Band Spring Concert May 6

Community members can attend a Joliet Junior College Jazz Band concert that will feature many student soloists on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the JJC Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The jazz band is under the direction of JJC Fine Arts Assistant Professor Rich Moore.

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

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

In addition to the JJC Jazz Band, the Joliet Central High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mike Fiske, will make a guest appearance at the beginning of the concert.

JJC student soloists will include Leif Sebby of Plainfield and Christian Bierma of New Lenox on alto saxophone; Nancy Lehman of Joliet on tenor saxophone; Ron Magiera of New Lenox, Dave Griesemer of Frankfort, and Robyn Clarke of Plainfield on trumpet; Alex Paolone of Joliet, William Cooper of Joliet and Jeremy Kollross of Joliet on trombone; Dana Goodman of Romeoville, James Stegall of Joliet and Michael Kovach of Joliet on drums; James Daley of Homer Glen on bass; Nick Kemp-Bystrzryki of New Lenox on guitar, and Janice Murphy of Orland Park on piano. JJC Fine Arts Professor Adam Cowger and members of the JJC Percussion Ensemble will also be featured guests.

The jazz band will perform:

  • “Samba de Rollins” by Don Menza
  • “Freedom Jazz Dance” by Eddie Harris
  • “Back Bone” by Thad Jones
  • “Take the ‘A’ Train” by Duke Ellington
  • “I Remember Bird” by Leonard Feather
  • “Bone Appétit” by Robert Curnow
  • “But Not for Me” by George and Ira Gershwin
  • “Tell Me a Bedtime Story” by Herbie Hancock
  • “All Blues” by Miles Davis

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

The jazz band is made up of both JJC students and community members who reside in Community College District 525. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:45 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. To join the jazz band, or for further information, contact the Fine Arts Department at 815-280-2223 or visit

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