Rock Valley College

RVC Hosting Annual Jazz Festival

Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Media Contact: Abbye Garcia, 815-921-4523

Event Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Event Contact: Ken Stein, 815-921-3357

Jazz Festival 2018 Mark Colby

Rock Valley College will host its annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 10, 2018, in the Performing Arts Room (located in the ERC building on RVC’s main campus, located at 3301 North Mulford Rd.).

The Jazz Festival is a daylong event featuring local school jazz bands, a jazz clinic, and a concert to cap the evening.

The school jazz bands will perform from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and admission for this portion of the day is free. Participating local schools will include: Rockford Lutheran High School (9:00 a.m.), Auburn High School Rockford (9:30 a.m.), Rockford Christian Middle School (10: 00 a.m.), Hononegah High School     (10:30 a.m.), and Rockford Christian High School (11:00 a.m.)                               

At 1:30 p.m., musician and educator, Mark Colby will host a jazz clinic. Admission for this event is also free.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949, Mark Colby comes from a musical background, as his father was a professional musician (drummer) who played with Benny Goodman for a time in the ‘40’s. In 1983, he was approached by DePaul University to assume a teaching position as jazz saxophone instructor.  He’s still there, and in 1998 joined the faculty at Elmhurst College. In 2010 Mark was the artist in residence at the Three Rivers Saxaphone Symposium in PA.  Mark appeared in a cameo with Diana Krall in the Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemies,” released in July 2009. His CD on Origin Records, “Reflections” was released in November 2008.  In 2010 Mark was one of the people interviewed with his own chapter in Cicily Janus’s new book entitled “The New Faces of Jazz” published by Billboard Press.  Currently he has completed a new recording, All or Nothing at All. For more on Mark, http://markcolby.com/.

Finally, the day will conclude with a special concert in the PAR at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Rock Valley College Jazz Ensembles with guest Mark Colby. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and will be available at the door.

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