Kenwood Jazz Band
Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 1:00-2:00pm
KENWOOD ACADEMY “JAZZ AT THE WOOD” The award-winning students of Kenwood Academy Jazz Band are a part of a vibrant landscape of musicians who represent a long-standing tradition of excellence. Kenwood Academy Jazz Band provides an open door for students who want to learn about jazz music in an environment that also offers the chance to develop life-long skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, organization and presentation skills through intensive musical training. The focus is on education and the outcome is an artistic masterpiece. In addition to outstanding contest ratings, some of the students have been identified among the best players throughout the nation. The Jazz Band, directed by Gerald Powell and assisted by Bethany Pickens, has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival with both Mwata Bowden and Nicole Mitchell and, most notably, was featured with MacArthur Awardee Jason Moran at Symphony Center in June 2014. They were also the focus of a Tribune series by Howard Reich and a 30-minute Tribune documentary film. A few of the musical graduates of Kenwood include Mandy Patinkin, Joan Collaso, Maggie Brown, Bethany Pickens, Tammy McCann, DeMarre McGill, Marquis Hill, and Taylor Moore.