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UVU Festival To Feature Best Jazz Performers, Judges In The State

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November 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

On Nov. 25, more than a dozen high school and junior high jazz bands from in and around the state of Utah will converge on Utah Valley University to be part of the 25th annual, all-day Ice Breaker Jazz Festival, which will culminate with an evening concert that will unveil the all-new ensemble, the UVU Faculty Jazz Combo.

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., student bands will take turns boogieing their hearts out on the Ragan Theater stage. UVU has invited three of the finest jazz educators in the state to act as adjudicators, or judges, and they will offer their critiques on each routine. These performances are free and open to the public.

“We’re always happy to have students on our campus and let them know UVU is a wonderful option for post-secondary music study and that we have a wonderful jazz faculty at UVU,” said David Fullmer, UVU director of bands and festival organizer.

The festival will end with a concert by the UVU Jazz Ensemble, featuring guest artists Reed Criddle and Corey Christiansen and the debut performance by the brand-new UVU Faculty Jazz Combo.

Criddle is director of choral activities at UVU, but will step into the role of guest vocalist for the Ice Breaker Jazz Festival, impersonating the classical vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé in songs such as “Beginning To See The Light,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square” and “Everything.”

Christiansen, who comes from Cache Valley, is widely recorded and one of the most respected jazz guitarists in the country.

In addition to performances by these guest artists, concert-goers will be treated to the first performance by the UVU Faculty Jazz Combo, made up of UVU faculty members Denson Angelo, Nate Hofheim, Brigham Larsen, Jay Lawrence, Marden Pond, Todd Sorensen and Jory Woodis.

“We are very excited to have such phenomenal judges and guest artists at the festival this year,” Fullmer said. “We’re trying to send the message that UVU is a happening place for jazz. There are great jazz instructors at the University, and the new faculty combo will attest to that.”

Fullmer will conduct the evening concert, which will include performances by members of the combo soloing with the UVU Jazz Ensemble. The concert’s grand finale will feature all musical groups and guest artists on stage together.

Tickets are required for the evening concert. Visit uvu.edu/arts for more information.

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