Jazz Festival to feature saxophonist Mark Colby

February 7, 2013

Peoria, IL (February 7, 2013) The Ninth Annual Bradley University Jazz Festival will take place on Tuesday, February 26, in the Michel Student Center on campus.

The festival will feature fourteen high school bands, guest artist Mark Colby, and clinicians John Cooper, Tim Pitchford, and Larry Harms. The Bradley Jazz Festival is sponsored by Conn/Selmer and Schertz’s Musicenter.

The high school bands will perform throughout the day, starting at 8:00 a.m. These performances are open to the public.

An evening concert will feature the Bradley Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble with Mark Colby at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom. Tickets for the evening concert are $10 and $5.00 for students. For more information, call the Bradley Cultural Events Box Office at 677-2650.

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. Immersed in the sounds of the big bands enjoyed by his father, intrigued by the more modern sounds of bebop, cool and hard-bop records his sister played around the house, his dedication to pursuing a life in music was cemented. He is performing as a guest soloist and clinician/adjudicator at middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the United States and Europe, representing Selmer Paris Saxophones and Vandoren reeds.  In 2001, he performed Duke Ellington’s version of “The Nutcracker Suite” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in 2008 performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.”  In 1999, Hallway Records released “Reunion” (with Vince Maggiofollowed by “Tenor Reference” in 2002, to glowing reviews and appreciative audiences.  His last release on Hallway Records was a tribute to Stan Getz entitled Speaking of Stan, which was released in 2006 and went to #3 on the jazz radio charts. During 2007-2010, he appeared at the Chicago, Paradise Valley Arizona Jazz Festival, Evanston, Naperville and Glen Ellyn Jazz Festivals.  In 2010 Mark was the artist in residence at the Three Rivers Saxophone Symposium in Pennsylvania.  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.

The Bradley Jazz Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Todd Kelly, is the most visible ensemble in the Bradley Jazz program. In past years, they have performed at the Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, as well as three European tours. They have brought many world renowned jazz clinicians and soloists to the Bradley campus, including Mike Lee, The Mike Vax Big Band, Matt  Wilson, Rachael Lee, Allen Vizzutti, Ron Jones, Tom Garling, Byron Stripling, Chris Vadala, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Kathy Kosins, Michael Davis, and Wycliffe Gordon. Last summer, the band traveled to Italy, where they performed in Siena, Cinque Terre, Vertibo, and Rome.