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Jazz Combos


Andrew Crawford

Music Administrator and Managing Director of Jazz Year

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Knox College is known in musical circles for its jazz combos and performances. Whether you're a jazz musician or just enjoy listening to their music, the combos at Knox are constantly performing either on campus or in the community of Galesburg.

There are usually five combos on campus, including:

  • The Cherry Street Combo can be seen each Thursday night playing at Jazz Night at The Galesburg Community Arts Center, within walking distance from the campus. Students who play in this combo also tour regularly.  Most recently, the combo released a professionally recorded CD, Patchwork.
  • Beginning groups learning improvisational techniques
  • Themed combos, often including a vocal jazz combo, latin ensemble and trad jazz group.

All combos meet weekly. Membership is open to any player or singer willing to learn improvisation. Groups are formed at the beginning of each term according to ability. The Cherry Street Combo is by audition only, but all combo members are encouraged to regularly sit in on Thursday nights.

In addition to the jazz combos, The Knox Jazz Ensemble, one of the college's main jazz attractions, plays each year with other colleges like Notre Dame, Western Illinois University, and the University of Wisconsin. This ensemble also hosts the Knox Jazz Year, a year-round programming of concerts and educational outreach in the Galesburg Community.

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