OCC Jazz Festival May 1
The Olney Central College Music Department will present the “OCC Jazz Festival” on Thursday, May 1, with performances beginning at 6 p.m. in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.
The performances will include area high school jazz bands, the Southeastern Illinois Honors Jazz Ensemble, the OCC Jazz Ensemble and headlining the event will be “Dynamo,” coming from Nashville, Tenn. This up-and-coming band is comprised of students who met at Belmont University in 2012, and includes OCC alumnus Ross McReynolds. They have just recorded their first album, and are playing live shows in Nashville, and throughout the Midwest. The band has a unique sound that incorporates elements of funk, R&B, rock and jazz to create a new and exciting style for music lovers to enjoy.
Earlier in the afternoon, jazz legend Jamey Aebersold will be giving a jazz improvisation clinic at 12:30 p.m. in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center. Aebersold was just awarded the 2014 A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy in January of this year. He is best known for his incredibly successful “Jazz Play-a-Long” series of books and CDs that teach jazz improvisation, as well as the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops that have taught thousands of people how to find their musical voice through jazz.
Admission to the Jamey Aebersold afternoon jazz improvisation clinic is free to area music educators and music students; $5 to the general public. Admission to the evening performances is $5, and tickets will be available at the door.