Lawrence celebrates annual jazz weekend

Beth McHenry

In only a few days, Lawrence University will be filled with the sweet sounds of Jazz. Jazz Celebration Weekend 2003, the 23rd annual Jazz Weekend, will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 this year, and will be filled with events for all.In 1981, the first Jazz Celebration Weekend at Lawrence initiated a tradition of quality middle school, high school, and collegiate instrumental and vocal ensemble education. The aim is to provide jazz instructors with a non-competitive, relaxed, and informative clinic for the beginning of the school year. Jazz Weekend also features consistent appearances by renowned and respected jazz artists at Lawrence.

This year, Jazz Weekend will include several eminent clinicians, including instructors, composers, conductors, and performers. Jazz Weekend 2003 will headline Kurt Elling and Mingus Big Band; both will be performing for the public.

As one of the most eminent and critically acclaimed jazz vocalists of our time, Elling has proven his talents in multiple forums. He has released six albums for the Blue Note label and has been nominated for six Grammys.

Mingus Big Band is a 14-piece band lead by Sue Mingus, designed to celebrate the music of the late composer and bassist Charles Mingus. The Mingus Big Band has traveled throughout the United States and Europe, has released four recordings, boasts two nominations for the Grammy, and was the winner of the NAIRD Indie Award.

Kurt Elling will perform on Friday, Oct. 31 with the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel. Mingus Big Band will perform on Saturday, Nov. 1, also at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Tickets prices will vary depending on the location of the seats, and will range from $13 to $15 for students.