Your complete guide to Jazz Weekend

Andy Olson

This weekend, Lawrence University will once again present the annual Jazz Celebration Weekend. For 24 years, Lawrence has played host to high school and collegiate students and educators, bringing them together with world-class jazz artists. Educators continue to appreciate being able to work in a low-pressure clinic environment with these professional jazz artists.
Many Lawrence University ensembles will be participating in the event. Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble is one of the premiere ensembles on campus. LUJE, under the direction of Fred Sturm, has long been recognized as one of the finest undergraduate jazz bands in the country. They will perform this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with guest soloist Tim Hagans.
Continuing in the same vein as LUJE, the Lawrence University Jazz Band will also perform this weekend under the direction of Nick Keelan. Composed largely of underclassmen, this ensemble enjoys a wide range of works. The LUJB performs at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Chapel
The Improvisational Group of Lawrence University directed by Matt Turner will also be showcased this weekend. This group focuses on creativity and sound exploration without regard to any particular style on genre. Through free improvisation, IGLU works on creating interesting, fun, and unique pieces that often employ non-traditional techniques. IGLU performs at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel.
Many small groups consisting of four to eight students will present their talents alongside the large ensembles. Similarly, the Lawrence Jazz Quartet, which consists of faculty members Dane Richeson, Jose Encarnacion, Matt Turner and Mark Urness, will improvise and perform on an eclectic repertoire of jazz, classical, folk, and ethnic music.
Also participating at the celebration will be the Jazz Singers, co-winner of Down Beat magazine’s Student Music Awards.
Make sure to drop the Chapel this weekend to enjoy some great Lawrence jazz.