The Southwestern Instrumental Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble were invited to participate in the New York City Jazz Festival at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem last month (April 7 – 10). We traveled to New York on Friday April 7 and arrived at the Manhattan Midtown Hilton Hotel at 5:00 pm. We then had dinner at the B.B. King Restaurant in Times Square that evening.
On Saturday afternoon, each ensemble participated in a clinic whereby a professional musician/educator worked with them on their performance techniques and overall musicianship. We also had an opportunity to attend a Broadway show (Miss Saigon) at the Broadway Theatre on Saturday night.
On Sunday April 9, the Jazz Band started the festival at 9:30 am by performing on the Apollo stage to a large enthusiastic audience! That evening the Vocal Jazz Ensemble had the privilege to open for the headline act of the festival Stefon Harris and Blackout.
The entire weekend was a resounding success for the music program at Southwestern and left everyone with a lasting impression of New York City and the jazz music scene at the Apollo Theater!
For more information about our music programs, or to make a donation to help students with the cost of the trip, please contact Professor Mike Turner, Director of Music at Southwestern; email@example.com; 541-888-7242.