Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

RVC hosting annual Jazz Festival February 15

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Event Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Event Contact: Ken Stein, 815-921-3357

Mark ColbyRock Valley College will host its annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in the Performing Arts Room (located in the ERC building on RVC's main campus, located at 3301 North Mulford Rd.).

The Jazz Festival is a daylong event featuring high school jazz bands, a jazz clinic, and a concert to cap the evening.

The high school jazz bands will perform from 9:00 a.m. to noon and admission for this portion of the day is free. Participating local high schools will include: Belvidere, Guilford Auburn, Hononegah, Rockford Christian, and Beloit Memorial.

At 1:15 p.m., tenor saxophonist Mark Colby will host a jazz clinic. Admission for this event is also free. Colby is an instructor at Depaul University and Elmhurst College and has played, and in some cases toured with, such varied luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jaco Pastorius, Mose Allison, Joe Williams and Charlie Haden. Currently he is performing as a guest soloist and clinician/adjudicator at middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the United States and Europe.

Finally, the day will conclude with a special concert in the PAR at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Rock Valley College Jazz Ensembles with guest Mark Colby. Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $7 for students/seniors and will be available at the door.