Glen Ellyn Jazz Fest
This past July I had the opportunity to perform at the Glen Ellyn Jazz Festival. My quintet included many fellow Bellas Artes School of Music faculty members – Kevin Brown on guitar, Lucas Gillan on drums, Artie Black on saxophone, and Sean Francois on the upright bass. We played some jazz organ mainstays by Jimmy Smith and Larry Young as well as several originals and some hard bop standards.
The Bellas Artes Institute for Jazz Studies launched this past year and I have been coaching a student combo of Jr. High jazz musicians once a week. The combo (a piano-bass-drums trio) played during the intermission of our set and absolutely nailed it. As part of the festival, the combo also had the opportunity to work with legendary guitarist Fareed Haque in a master class setting.