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LHS Music Department to Host 19th Annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The 19th Annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam, presented by the Liverpool High School Music Department, will take place on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m., in the LHS Auditorium. Special guests will be the CNY Jazz Orchestra and Chris Vadala.

The CNY Jazz Orchestra is an award-winning, all-star, regional “big band” music notesmade up of Central New York's finest jazz musicians. Formed in 1996, CNYJO has made it possible for Syracuse to claim a national caliber, regional, not-for-profit jazz orchestra, one of a few cities that can claim of this accomplishment. CNYJO is the flagship program of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, whose mission is to sustain the art form of jazz by presenting, performing, and teaching jazz in a variety of public and scholastic settings.

Vadala is one of the country’s foremost woodwind artists and is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores. A native of Poughkeepsie, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music, earning the honor of the Performer's Certificate in saxophone as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education. He also received his master’s degree in clarinet from Connecticut College, and pursued postgraduate study in woodwinds at Eastman. Vadala serves as director of jazz studies and a saxophone professor at the University of Maryland, where he also is a UM Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.

In addition to performances by the CNYJO and Vadala, the Soule Road Middle Jazz Band, the LHS Stage Band, the LHS Jazz Ensemble and the LHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble also will perform that evening.

A long-standing tradition in Central New York, this unique event aims to bring the best in live jazz performances and education into the lives of student musicians and the CNY community through the annual concert, student workshops, and side-by-side rehearsals and performances with the best of today’s performing jazz musicians.

General admission tickets cost $10 each and can be reserved online by visiting http://goo.gl/forms/DYqc6tiS5q . For more information about this event, contact the LHS Music Department at (315) 453-1500.

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