Jazz Summit 2013 grand finale concert set for Feb. 23 at Coe

Rod Pritchard
Published: February 8 2013 | 10:32 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:10 am in
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Guest artists Michael B. Nelson and Mark Maegdlin will be featured at the 2013 Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 84 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in Jazz Summit. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

Tickets to the concert are available at the door or by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

The Grand Finale concert is the climax of a three-day jazz festival and seminar, held Feb. 21 - 23. Events held annually include concerts, workshops and a jazz band competition with awards. In its 22nd year, this festival has grown to include more than 2,000 musicians from across the Midwest.

Along with the guest artists, the concert will feature the Coe College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Coe Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley.

A trombonist, guest artist Michael B. Nelson will be featured with the Coe Jazz Ensemble on the Stan Keaton classics “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and “Frank Speaking.” He will also perform Carl Fontana’s version of “Emily” and the Thelonious Monk classic “Just You, Just Me.”

Guest keyboardist Mark Maegdlin will be featured on the Ray Charles version of “One Mind Julep” and Jimmy Smith’s “Back at the Chicken Shack.” He and the Coe Jazz Ensemble are also performing the world premiere of “I’homme avec I’chapeau noir,” written by University of Northern Iowa Professor of Music Jon Schwabe. Other numbers to be performed include “Big Swing Face” by Buddy Rich.

Jazz Summit

Held annually the last weekend in February, the Jazz Summit features appearances by leading jazz musicians. The Jazz Summit was founded in 1992 and continues a tradition of jazz festivals at Coe College that stretches back to the 1970s. The festival has grown from an afternoon event with an evening concert to a three-day festival encompassing clinics, workshops, jam sessions, a jazz band competition, an awards ceremony, and the Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensemble from Coe and performances by the guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2013 is sponsored by the Coe College Music Department, Friends of Music at Coe and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The Jazz Summit administrator is Coe College Music Professor William Carson.

For more information, call 319-399-8600.

Additional information about the 2013 Jazz Summit guest artists is as follows:

Guest artist Michael B. Nelson

Michael B. Nelson has distinguished himself as the leader, composer, arranger and trombonist for the internationally acclaimed, five-piece a cappella jazz horn group, the Hornheads.

From 1991-2001, Nelson and the Hornheads recorded and toured worldwide with Prince, performing for over two million concert goers. Nelson recorded and arranged horns for 20 CDs with Prince and associated Paisley Park artists, and co-wrote “Billy Jack Bitch” on Prince’s Grammy-nominated “The Gold Experience” CD. In 1996, Nelson received a McKnight Composers Fellowship through the American Composers Forum.

As a top call studio musician, he has appeared on over 100 CDs, with producer, composer, arranger and performer credits on three Hornheads solo releases and 10 Compass Records CDs for the Target retail chain. Nelson has performed and/or recorded with Chaka Khan, Doc Severinsen, Lenny Kravitz, The Jonas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Mandy Moore, Jimmy Jam, Johnny Mathis, Honor Society, Larry Graham, Ben Sidran, Jordan Pruitt, Babyface, Maceo Parker and many other artists. He has also worked on many commercial projects for companies such as Target, BMW, Holiday Inn, Macys, ABC, Minnesota Twins, Best Buy, General Mills, Hormel, Donatos, Long John Silver and Redline Entertainment.

Guest artist Mark Maegdlin

Mark Maegdlin is a jazz pianist, organist, producer and music educator who holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University, William Paterson College of New Jersey, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music / Marquette University. Maegdlin has studied with Harold Mayburn, Norman Simmons, Jim McNeely, Mike Balter, Rufus Reid, Dave Samuels, David Hazeline and Manty Ellis. He has earned performance awards from Downbeat Magazine, Notre Dame University, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Augusta College, Eastern Illinois University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

In 1989, Maegdlin was selected to compete at the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition in Paris. During his career as a freelance jazz pianist, Mark has performed in the New York City area, Milwaukee, Chicago, throughout central Illinois and in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed with such world renowned artists as Clark Terry, Rufus Reid, David Baker, Lee Konitz, Lew Soloff, Michel Legrand, Nndugu Chancelor, Freddie Waits, Carl Allen, Marvin Stamm, Shelia Jordan and Nick Brignolia.

Recently, Maegdlin has been expanded his talents to include performances on organ with “The Organisms” Jazz/Funk Organ Trio. He has produced several CDs, including “Mirage” - Mark O'Connor (BluJazz 3309) and “Chicago Jazz Vol. 1” - Eric Allen and the Mood Swing Music Quartet. As a teacher, Maegdlin has taught at Eastern Illinois University (1989-1990, 1995-1998) where he was a graduate assistant and later a faculty member. Currently, Maegdlin currently teaches elementary music in Illinois Consolidated School District U-46.

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