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28th Annual Jazz Fest at Prairie State College Feb. 19

28th Annual Jazz Fest at Prairie State College Feb. 19 [01/27/2016]

Some of the nation’s top jazz artists will perform at Prairie State College’s (PSC) 28th Annual Jazz Fest at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the Conference Center of the PSC main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

Featured musicians include Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis, drummer Ernie Adams, bassist Junius Paul and saxophonist Ed Petersen, as well PSC’s Professor of Music Valerie Nicholson on piano.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission. Students and senior citizens tickets are $10 each. Tickets are available in advance in the PSC Business Office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert.

Those who attend the evening concert also are invited to join the Jazz Fest musicians for a VIP reception before the concert at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the PSC Student Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance at the PSC Business Office or the night of the event. The reception is sponsored by the PSC Foundation. For more information, email foundation@prairiestate.edu.

The Friday performance is part of the annual two-day festival hosted by PSC, which also includes instrumental clinics led by the featured artists. The clinics are for local junior high and high school jazz musicians. It is an opportunity for students to receive instruction in technique and performance from the jazz masters. Select students from the instrumental clinics also will be invited to perform with the guest artists during the Friday evening performance.

The seventh annual Howard Luckey Excellence in Jazz Leadership Award also will be announced. The award goes to a community member who has provided extensive and consistent support of jazz through teaching, performing, or organizing in a spirit of humility and community. The award was established in memory of Howard Luckey, a PSC social science faculty member who volunteered to assist with the festival for years until he passed away in 2010.

For more information on the Jazz Festival, or to purchase tickets to the concert, call 708-709-3500.