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NHS jazz bands to perform

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Northview High School jazz bands will present the annual Jazz Café, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the high school cafeteria.

Cost to attend the event is $3.

The Jazz Café features the school jazz bands performing big band music in a nightclub like setting. The audience will be seated banquet-style and soft drinks and snacks will be served throughout the evening.

The bands will perform music in a wide variety of jazz styles, including Swing, Latin, Fusion and Blues.

Featured selections from Jazz I will include vocal features "Don't Know Why," and "The Nearness of You," Count Basie's "Hay Burner," and Buddy Miles' "Them Changes," among other selections.

Jazz 2 will perform selections "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," "Riders On The Storm," and "Birdland," among others.

As always, the Jazz Café will conclude with a monster jam session of the classic, "Sweet Home Chicago."

This year's Jazz Café will feature Indianapolis-based saxophonist Rob Dixon. After graduating from Hampton University, Dixon continued his jazz pursuits in the Jazz Studies program at Indiana University alongside renowned jazz educator David Baker.

Following his two-year tenure at IU, Dixon moved to Indianapolis for approximately two years to work on his craft. Then came a move to New York City, where he lived for six years. During his stay in the Big Apple, Dixon was able to work with a number of well-known artists such as The Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Dakota Stanton, The Ellington Band, The Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Jonah Hones, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, Slide Hampton, Ray Charles, The Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Smithsonian Master Works Jazz Orchestra.

In 2002, Dixon moved back to Indianapolis, where he worked with a number of organizations such as The Cleveland Heritage Jazz Orchestra and The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. In addition to working with these bands, Dixon leads his own quartet and a funk group called Triology + 1.

The Northview Jazz Bands have had a successful year, which has included performing at all the elementary schools in the county.

"I am really proud of the kids in both bands considering the amount of music we've worked on and the variety of performances we have been able to do this year," Northview High School Assistant Director Rusty Bottomley said. "We had enough students interested to almost have three separate bands this year. The turnout for this year's auditions was tremendous."

The students were divided into bands based on ability and experience and several seventh- and eighth-grade students from North Clay Middle School were also included.

Two local band directors and Brazil Natives, Norm Hanson and Curt Koehler, share the responsibility of directing Jazz 2.

Members of NHS Jazz Band 2 include Wyatt Baysinger, Brandon Rost, Mike Ikerd, Bryce Crawford, Brad Harting, Alli Thomas, Chelsea Pell, Jacki Moore, Mariah Szekely, Jacob Jenkins, Trent Nevins, Adam Nees, Shea McCoy, Jacob Booker, Grant Heald, Brandon Rothrock, T.J. Rustin, Zeb Thomas, Chase Shields, Dan Reberger and Lauren Reberger.

Members of NHS Jazz Band 1 include Devin Ahern, Erika Matson, Michael Ball, Emily Harden, Kyle Rice, Grant Myers, Katherine McDonald, Katie Sears, Zac Orten, Devin Holley, Elliott Trackwell, Taylor Hanson, Ryan Beasley, Colby Hofmann, Jared Peper, Jacob Osborn, Ben Stearley, Natascha Bowles and Becca Maurey.

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