Central Illinois Jazz Society


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Title: Central Illinois Jazz Society
Description: The Central Illinois Jazz Society Serving Central Illinois Since 1978

Presents The Morton High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jeff Neavor. The band performs at local festivals and concerts and includes students in grades 9-12. At 6:00 p.m.

Guest Group ISU Jazz Ensemble with Dennis Mackrel; Morton HS Jazz Ensemble At 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Jazz Nights in the Heights at Trailside Event Center, second floor of Trefzger's Bakery, 4416 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights.

The Illinois State University Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Dennis Mackrel, a fabulous world class drummer and educator. ISU’s Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Tom Marko is made up of sixteen to eighteen of the best instrumentalists on campus. They play music ranging from traditional to cutting edge and feature numerous student soloists in the process. Since this performance falls on the same weekend as the annual Illinois State University Jazz Festival, they will be accompanied by their special guest artist Dennis Mackrel Mackrel has many credits to his name as a drum set artist, composer, arranger, band leader and more. Some of his most notable achievements include playing drums for the Count Basie Orchestra from 1983 to 1987 under the leadership of Thad Jones, Frank Foster and Mr. Basie himself! Eventually (2010 to 2013) he took on the prestigious role of leader and conductor of this legendary band. Additionally, the band performed and recorded several of his compositions and arrangements over the years including “And That’s That” which will be part of the April 15th set list. Dennis is also very gifted in teaching and encouraging young musicians to pursue their craft with passion and energy. ISU is proud to feature his playing, composing, arranging and instruction this year as part of their jazz festival and especially excited to be able to share it all with Central Illinois Jazz Society!

For more information visit or call 243-1582. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.
Admission: $6.00 Members $8.00 Non-Members Students are free

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) is a non-profit organization that is open to anyone who enjoys jazz. You do not have to be a musician to be a member or to attend our programs. Please consider joining the Central Illinois Jazz Society and supporting live jazz.
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