February 16, 2018
- 45th Annual WIU Jazz Festival Concert with special guest Leroy Jones, trumpet performing with the JSO and Jazz Band
- Time: 7:30 PM
- Location: COFAC Recital Hall
- Description: The 45th Annual Western Illinois University Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16, and 17, 2018.
Friday’s main event will be concerts by the WIU Jazz Band and Jazz Studio Orchestra featuring Leroy Jones, Trumpet virtuoso. Saturday will feature performances by college, high school, and junior high students.
One of the country's foremost jazz trumpet artists, Leroy Jones (b. February 20, 1958) began playing trumpet at the age of ten, and by the time he was 12 was leading the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band, a group of young musicians organized by guitar- and banjo-player Danny Barker. When the musicians' union forced Barker to disband the group in 1974, Jones became a union musician and took over the running of the group, renamed the Hurricane Brass Band , himself. In 1975 or 1976 he left the group, touring for a time with Eddie Vinson and Della Reese before forming his own group, the Leroy Jones Quintet. In 1991 Jones joined the big band of Harry Connick, Jr., and the exposure with Connick's band (including the opportunity for the Leroy Jones Quintet to open for Connick, which they did in 1994), led to Jones' releasing his first album under his own name; Mo' Cream From The Crop came out on the Columbia Records label in 1994. The Leroy Jones Quintet continues to tour and record, and since 2004 Jones has also appeared with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dr. John.
Public $15; Senior Citizen $10; Youth $7; WIU Student FREE with valid University ID. Tickets available at the Hainline Box Office and at the event. The Friday night concert featuring the WIU Jazz Band and WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra with special guest Leroy Jones will be held in the COFAC Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Saturday's concert will be in the COFAC Recital Hall at 3:00 pm.
WIU JAZZ BAND
Michael Stryker, director
Art Appreciation - Steve Wiest
Li’l Darlin’ - Neal Hefti
Skyhawk - Fred Sturm
WIU JAZZ STUDIO ORCHESTRA (JSO)
John Cooper, director
with special guest Leroy Jones, trumpet
Selections from the following:
Pennies from Heaven - Johnny Burke/arr. Leroy Jones
Bourbon Street Parade - Paul Barbain/arr. John Cooper
In the Pocket - Leroy Jones
You Must Not Be Hearin’ Straight - Leroy Jones
Big Beat Junction - Leroy Jones
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South - Leon René/arr. Leroy Jones
Someday You’ll Be Sorry - Louis Armstrong/arr. Leroy Jones
Basin Street Blues - Spencer Williams/arr. Leroy Jones
- Related Web Site: WIU JAZZ FESTIVAL
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- Source: School of Music