The talents of five members of the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble were recognized at the 2017 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Jazz Festival held in October at Elgin Community College.
Awarded as Outstanding Soloists were Tom Hahn, of Homer Glen, tenor saxophone; and Carl Coan, of Michigan City, Indiana, alto saxophone. Honorable mentions were awarded to trumpet players Vicki Beck, of Tinley Park; Frank Huber, of Northlake; and Allyssa Micele, of Oak Lawn.
“I’m always proud of our wonderful Jazz Ensemble, which is comprised of both students and community members, and I’m very glad when they get recognized not only for their musicianship but also for their dedication to the group,” said Douglass Bratt, associate music professor and coordinator of Academic Music and director of the ensemble. “The judges commented that the band had great soloists and section playing all around and, in particular, noted the outstanding trumpet section, many of whom were award winners.” Selections performed this year included pieces by Charles Mingus, Bill Holman, Kris Berg, and Sonny Stitt.
“It is exciting to see so many members of the Jazz Ensemble be recognized for their hard work, and it’s a testament to the music program at Moraine Valley,” said Dr. Lisa Kelsay, assistant dean of Liberal Arts and director of Academic Arts. “Doug has been instrumental in guiding the Jazz Ensemble to where it is today. What this group accomplishes year after year is phenomenal.”
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble, which is in its 21st season, explores a range of styles from classic swing and soulful blues to Latin jazz and gritty funk. The group meets Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Persons interested in joining should be a proficient music reader who plays saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, or drum set. For more information, contact Bratt at (708) 974-5215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.