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Jazz Year


Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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A Year of World-Class Jazz at Knox College!

Knox Winter Jazz Series

The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
January 13, 2018

The Knox Winter Jazz series showcases global artists with diverse cultural perspectives. Artists perform at a free concert and engage in one-on-one experiential programming with Knox students and the Galesburg community. Winter 2017 saw Grammy-nominated Juan Carlos Formell perform African-influenced rhythms with fellow band members from el Nuevo Son Radical. In years before, Juan Pastor of Chinchano demonstrated a signature blend of jazz and Peruvian folk rhythms, and Stu Mindeman mixed poetry-inspired-music using excerpts from Langston Hughes. Students treasure the opportunity to see performers up-close-and-personal, with fewer barriers between 'performer' and 'audience' allowing for a more holistic appreciation of the artistic process. 

38th Annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

April 10-14, 2018

The Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, a three-day event that partners Knox College, the Galesburg community, and local artists and musicians, has been a part of the Knox's Department of Music for more than 35 years. The festival boasts performances by the Knox Jazz Ensemble, faculty, alumni, and guest artists. The festival focuses on collaborations between guest artists and students, and performances in various venues around the community: local bars, schools, and libraries. 

The 2018 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival 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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Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency

The Steven Bernstein Quartet
November 5-8, 2018

The Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency is designed to benefit Knox students, jazz practitioners, and audiences of jazz lovers from the Galesburg and surrounding communities by bringing world-renowned jazz artists to campus for a week of intensive and collaborative jazz activities, culminating in a free public concert. The Jerome Mirza Foundation supports programs in education and the arts and was created by a bequest from Jerome Mirza, an attorney who served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mirza was a passionate jazz aficionado, and Knox College is pleased to have this opportunity to honor his memory by sharing the love of jazz with the campus and Galesburg communities. Mirza's daughter, Candace Mirza of Wilmette, Illinois, is a 1981 Knox graduate.

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