GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s music tradition Jazz Fest will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. It is the 47th annual jazz musical festival at the University. The event will feature The Ryan Frane Trio and the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra.
Since its inception more than four decades ago, UW-Green Bay’s Jazz Fest has drawn middle- and high-school students from across the region for a day of ensemble performances and clinic and master clinic sessions. This concert will feature a few of the top area high school groups with judge-soloists, followed by a professional big band of the very best jazz musicians in Northeast Wisconsin.
This year, Jazz Bands from Evansville, Green Bay East, Shawano, West De Pere, Denmark and Two Rivers high schools, as well as Pulaski Middle School, will perform. The Ryan Frane Trio features Mike Baker on drums and UW-Green Bay alumni musicians Ryan Frane on piano and Mike Rens on bass. The newly formed Green Bay Jazz Orchestra will be playing the music and arrangements of UW-Green Bay music professor and alumnus John Salerno.
Tickets for Jazz Fest 47 are $14 in advance and $17 at the door. The event is free for all students. For additional ticket information, call (920) 465-2400 or visit http://www.weidnercenter.com/events/jazz-fest-47/.
Green Bay Jazz Orchestra members
Ken Barite, Laurie DeVillers, José Encarnación, Jennifer Johnson, Steve Johnson, Tim Albright, Eric High, Nick Keelan, Andy Zippered, John Daniel, Adam Gaines, Marty Robinson, Brent Turney, Mark Urness, Mike Malone, Bill Salak, Stefan Hall, Frank Salermo and Rissel Peguero.
Adjudicators and soloists for the event
John Daniel, Tim Albright and José Encarnación, Lawrence University; Adam Gaines, UW-Green Bay; Steve Johnson, freelance artist, Green Bay and Marty Robinson, UW-Oshkosh.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.