Enjoy free JazzNIC concert Feb. 7


It is that time of the year when about 600 of the Inland Empire’s young “jazzers” come to North Idaho College to participate in NIC’s annual jazz festival “JazzNIC.” The middle and high school students will participate in jazz clinics Feb. 6 through Feb. 8, with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in NIC’s Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. The Feb. 7 concert will feature the NIC Jazz Ensemble directed by NIC Instructor Terry Jones and special guests Dan Bukvich, Gary Gemberling, and Al Gemberling. It is free and open to the public.

JazzNIC connects today’s students with America’s music -- jazz. Each school prepares several jazz tunes and performs them for the three highly acclaimed jazz educators. After the clinics, the students will be coached on how to improve their performances.

The overall tone of the evening will be set by the NIC Jazz Ensemble opener: Chris Walden’s “Winter Games.” The second piece, Oliver Nelson’s “Critic’s Choice,” will get everyone’s toes tapping -- just like it did for the Buddy Rich Big Band.

“Then the three-guest artists will join the ensemble for Dan Bukvich’s beautiful arrangement of ‘Judy Collin’s Both Sides Now,’” Jones said. “Next, Slide Hampton’s “Foxy” will give several members of the ensemble a chance to solo. We will also be featuring Dan and a couple of his own arrangements: ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ and ‘Hamp’s Rhythm Break-down.’”

This year, JazzNIC is bringing back a couple of crowd favorites from the past. One of those crowd favorites was Woody Herman’s “Four Brothers,” featuring the local four brothers Mark Petty, Gary Gemberling, Jon Brownell and Max Mendez. The Gemberlings will be also be featured on the beautiful ballad, “Cinema Paradiso.” 

“Gary will exchange his trumpet for a vocal mic and take on Blood, Sweat and Tears’ ‘God Bless the Child’ and an old jazz standard ‘Route 66,’” Jones said. “Al will take his turn with a great arrangement by Paul McKee of ‘Beautiful Love.”

The concert will end with a special Bukvich arrangement tentatively called “BopOpera.”

Directed by Jones, the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble is a collection of jazzers from all over the area. They get together once a week to explore the diversity in big band music. From the swing music of Ellington and Basie though the innovations of Kenton to the contemporary works of Metheny and Radiohead -- nothing is off limits for this group.

Information: (208) 769-3276 



Posted: Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

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