PRINCETON — The fifth annual Princeton Jazz Festival concert — “Swing Sets to Swing Sets” — will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton.
The evening will include performances by the Logan Junior High School Jazz Band, directed by Brandon Stover, the Princeton High School Jazz Band, directed by Steven Olson, and the Princeton Community Jazz Band, also directed by Stover.
On the program will be music by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Cannonball Adderley and many others. Featured soloists for the Princeton Community Jazz Band will be Steven Olson, alto saxophone on Paul Clark’s “At the End of the Day”, and Paul Kautz, trumpet on Neil Hefti’s “Li’l Darlin’.” Eighth-grader Trent Kloepping will play bass guitar for all three ensembles.
As part of the festival, students will have the opportunity to participate in a jazz masterclass presented by Professor Jarrard Harris from Northwestern University. Harris will provide the students with insights into playing jazz on their instruments.
This is the second year of participation in the festival concert for the Princeton Community Jazz Band. PHS has been without a jazz band for several years, and this will be the first performance for their newly-reformed jazz band.
Proceeds from the festival concert will support the music programs at LJHS and PHS. Admission to the concert is $5 ($3 for students and seniors), and doors open at the Allen Building at 6 p.m. Desserts will be available for purchase at the venue.