Rock Valley Jazz Festival heats up February

For more than 20 years, the Rock Valley College Area Jazz Festival has provided local high school jazz bands and their musicians the unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the nation’s top educators and performers. The festival has featured such clinicians as Clark Terry, Frank Mantooth, Steve Houghton and the Woody Herman Band.

RVC is pleased to welcome trombonist, composer and arranger Tom Garling as the featured clinician this year. Called “the best trombonist I’ve heard in 30 years” by jazz drummer Buddy Rich, whom he toured with at age 20, Garling has played with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson. He has also been a composer and arranger for Tito Puento, Liza Minelli and Michael Feinstein.

Garling will participate in all aspects of the day-long festival on Saturday, Feb. 19 in the RVC Performing Arts Room. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., he’ll critique the performances of high school jazz bands. That will be followed by a jazz clinic at 1:15 p.m. The day ends with a 2:30 p.m. concert by the Rock Valley College and Community Jazz ensembles with Tom Garling as the featured soloist. All festival events are free.

For more information, call Ken Stein at (815) 921-3357.

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