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Rootabaga Jazz Festival

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The 2018 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, April 10-14, features Greg Ward & Ten Tongues, Matt Ulery's Loom with the KGS String Quartet, the Knox Alumni Big Band, Faculty and Friends Combo, and the Knox Jazz Ensemble.

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April 10, 2018

Rootabaga Jazz School Tour Concert  featuring Greg Ward
Knoxville High School
6:00 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with the Knoxville Community Dinner
Free and open to the public

On April 10th and 11th, the ensemble will be touring areas schools performing educational convocations for students at Nielsen Elementary, Silas Willard, Steele Elementary, Gale Elementary, King Elementary, Costa Catholic Academy, and Knoxville High School. This years ensemble will feature internationally renowned alto saxophonist and composer Greg Ward. Ward is widely acknowledged as one of the most versatile and innovative young artists on the scene. A seasoned performer of jazz, free, experimental, gospel, funk, rock and hip-hop, he steps seamlessly between genres. Ward is a prolific composer for his own projects, and has been tapped to compose for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Music Series, the Peoria Ballet Company, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago amongst many others. A passionate and dedicated educator committed to outreach, Ward is a performing and presenting member of JazzReach, an NYC-based jazz education organization that shares multi-media programs throughout the US.

April 12, 2018

Faculty and Friends Combo
Fat Fish Pub, 158 N. Broad St., Galesburg
8:00 p.m. - Midnight
Admission: $5

The Faculty and Friends performance features Knox's accomplished jazz faculty and local jazz musicians from the vibrant live music community of central Illinois.

April 13, 2018

Knox Alumni Big Band
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Greg Ward & Ten Tongues
9:30-midnight

Fat Fish Pub, 158 N. Broad St., Galesburg
Admission: $10

Greg Ward and Ten Tongues
Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward is widely acknowledged as one of the most versatile and innovative young artists on the scene. A seasoned performer of jazz, free, experimental, gospel, funk, rock and hip-hop, he steps seamlessly between genres. Ward is a prolific composer for his own projects, and has been tapped to compose for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Music Series, the Peoria Ballet Company, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago amongst many others. A passionate and dedicated educator committed to outreach, Ward is a performing and presenting member of JazzReach, an NYC-based jazz education organization that shares multi-media programs throughout the US. Ward's Rootabaga Festival performance will feature compositions from his most recent and highly-acclaimed album, Touch My Beloved's Thought, composed for 10-piece ensemble and inspired by Charles Mingus's album, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.

April 14, 2018

Rootabaga Kids: Greg Ward & 10 Tongues
Galesburg Public Library
10:00am
Free and open to the public

This family friendly event features the critically acclaimed 10 piece band based in Chicago IL, Greg Ward and Ten Tongues. This promises to be a very engaging and entertaining experience for the whole family. Ward has traveled the world with NY based Jazz-Reach performing and educating for children of all ages.

April 14, 2018

Matt Ulery's Loom with The KGS String Quartet
Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg
5:00 p.m.
Free floor & balcony seats • $20 reserved mezzanine

Matt Ulery's Loom
Chicago based bassist, composer and bandleader, Matt Ulery, has developed an instantly recognizable and distinctive sound that is experimental, inviting, and accessible. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unexpected phrase structures, expressionistic emotionalism, and unconventional instrumentation, Ulery's music, from small, diverse chamber ensembles to full orchestras, is informed by a broad spectrum of genres including jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk (specifically American, South American, Balkan and European). Ulery has produced and released 7 critically acclaimed albums of original music under his name, including his most recent double album, "Festival," on his own label, Woolgathering Records. In addition to performing, recording, and composing, Ulery is on faculty at Loyola University Chicago and gives masterclasses and clinics nationwide. His Rootabaga performance will feature his quintet Loom with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony String Quartet.

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