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New Trier Jazz Fest featuring Count Basie Orchestra
LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA directed by Dennis Mackrel
HEADLINES 30th ANNUAL NEW TRIER JAZZ FESTIVAL
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What: Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel headlines 30th Annual Frank Mantooth New Trier Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: New Trier High School’s Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka
How: Tickets are $30; Buy tickets online at www.ntjazz.com (beginning Dec. 3) or at the door.
Contact: Nic Meyer, Director of Jazz Ensembles at New Trier High School
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel will headline the 30th annual New Trier Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. The 19-piece big band, considered the gold standard for big band swing and an undisputed American treasure, will cap a free, daylong, non-competitive student jazz festival, one of the nation’s largest.
There will also be three free public concerts during the day:
- Adam Kromelow Trio, a New York jazz piano trio featuring New Trier alum Kromelow, called “one worth watching” and part of an “exciting new outfit.” Noon.
- Jazz Directors’ Big Band, comprised of the visiting schools’ band directors, on stage at 2:45 p.m.
- Eastman Jazz Ensemble, a top collegiate jazz group from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., performs at 4 p.m.
For the thirtieth year, the New Trier Jazz Festival will host more than 40 visiting high school and middle school jazz ensembles from around the country and Canada. Students spend the day performing for world-renowned jazz clinicians, attending workshops and master classes, and taking in concerts. All daytime events are free and open to the public.
The evening concert will open with selections played by New Trier’s top jazz group, Jazz Ensemble 1, followed by a 90-minute set by the incomparable 19-piece Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel, which has won 17 Grammy awards for its big band swing sound.
William “The Count” Basie started his orchestra in 1936 and recorded with some of the greatest jazz vocalists of the time, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Even when the big band era was declared “dead” during the 1960’s, the Count Basie Orchestra toured Europe and Asia to great acclaim. The group still plays to standing-room-only crowds across North America, Europe and Asia.
|Where||New Trier Township High School - Winnetka Campus 385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093 (Gaffney Auditorium)|
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|Time||7:30 pm–10:00 pm|
|Who to bring||Everyone|
More About New Trier Township High School - Winnetka Campus
The Winnetka campus of New Trier Township High School serves sophomores, juniors and seniors. Freshmen attend classes on the Northfield campus. The administration offices of New Trier Township High School District 203 are located on the Northfield campus.
New Trier Township High School is governed by its own Board of Education. The school serves residents of Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Wilmette, Kenilworth and parts of Glenview and Northfield. Six public school districts feed into New Trier Township High School.
The school offers rigorous academics, including accelerated, honors and AP courses, and wide variety of extracurricular activities. The U.S. Department of Education named New Trier's fine and performing arts program in the nation's top 25 programs. Particularly, the school's Grammy award-winning music program has been called the best music education program in the country. New Trier also has 30 interscholastic athletic teams and an intramural program. New Trier athletes have won more state championships than any high school in Illinois interscholastic history.
The vast majority of New Trier graduates enroll in four-year bachelor programs. Ninety-eight percent of graduates in 2009 enrolled in college. The school has a team of post-high school counselors who advise students in the college application process.