The 19th annual HCC Jazz Festival opens Friday, March 11, with a concert featuring renowned jazz saxophonist George Garzone as the weekend's guest artist, playing with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra under the direction of music professor and trombonist David Sporny.
The two-day festival of musical workshops and performances begins at 8 p.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater in the HCC Fine & Performing Arts building. Tickets are $15 (general public), $10 (senior and non-HCC students) and free for members of the HCC community (students, staff and faculty) with a valid ID.
The festival continues on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Leslie Phillips Theater with big band and combo performances by high school and HCC jazz students. Jazz clinics, workshops and jam sessions will be held throughout the day in the HCC Recital Hall (FPA building, Room 137).
George Garzone will conduct a morning and afternoon clinic. Information about Garzone is available on his website.
A concluding concert will be held in the theater Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. This will feature George Garzone performing with a select combo of students representing each of the participating high schools, HCC students, and festival faculty.
All Saturday events are free and open to the public. Individuals who wish to participate in workshops will be charged a nominal registration fee.
The festival is co-sponsored by Gerry's Music in South Hadley, which will have a display booth showcasing instruments, music and accessories.
For information, contact Robert Ferrier at 413.552.2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.