It’s not unusual to see audience members dancing in the aisles at the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble’s performance of JazzNIC.
“It’s definitely a high-energy concert,” said NIC Jazz Ensemble director Terry Jones.
JazzNIC comprises two days of jazz clinics Jan. 29 and 30 in addition to the grand finale concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 in NIC’s Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium.
About 20 jazz groups from area high schools from across the region will participate in the clinics to learn ways to improve their performances.
University of Idaho professors Dan Bukvich and Alan Gemberling and Lewiston High School band director Gary Gemberling will lead the clinics.
The NIC Jazz Ensemble will perform “You Gotta Try” by Sammy Nestico, “When You Go,” arranged by Geoff Keezer and the Duke Ellington piece “Flaming Sword.”
Special guest Alan Gemberling will be featured on the trombone in “Ill Wind” arranged by Bill Mathieu and “I Got Rhythm” arranged by Dave Wolpe. Both Alan and his brother Gary Gemberling, who plays the trumpet, will be featured in Frank Mantooth’s arrangement of “That Old Black Magic.” Gary Gemberling will provide lead vocals for “God Bless the Child,” an arrangement by Bukvich. Bukvich will also be featured on vibes during his own arrangement of “Laura.”
All three guests will join together for “Knockout Punch,” arranged by Ron Kieper.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The public is also welcome to attend the clinics. Groups will perform every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 30 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium.
The JazzNIC concert is sponsored by the Associated Students of NIC (ASNIC) and the clinics are sponsored by the Nickel’s Worth.
Information: (208) 769-3276.