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Collin Jazz Fest Planned April 1-2

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Collin Jazz Fest Planned April 1-2

March 18, 2016 — Enjoy the 24th annual Collin Jazz Fest, Friday-Saturday, April 1-2 at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano..

This year's guest artist is the New York-based guitarist/composer Jonathan Kreisberg. Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in jazz.  Combining timeless melodicism with forward-thinking lines and textures, his style and approach have created a strong following of fans around the world.  He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg, “He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”

Kreisberg and his New York trio will be featured at the opening night concert with the Collin Jaztet One (the college’s premier student combo) opening, starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1, in the John Anthony Theatre. Come early and enjoy the sounds of the Collin Jazz Combo Too performing in the “old library entrance” area of the Spring Creek Atrium from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

High school and middle school jazz ensembles from around the area will perform in the John Anthony Theatre and the Living Legends Conference Center, and receive clinics from a distinguished group of adjudicators, throughout the day on Saturday, April 2.  Kreisberg will give a clinic in the Living Legends Conference Center that afternoon. There is no admission charge for those performances.

The festival closes on Saturday night with an awards concert, featuring Kreisberg with the Collin Jazz Lab Band, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Collin Latin Jazz Ensemble will open. Attendees who arrive early will have the chance to hear Collin Jazz Combo PM in the atrium from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Tickets for the main stage concerts on April 1-2 are $8 and are available at the door. The atrium performances are free of charge. For more information, contact Professor Kevin McNerney at kmcnerney@collin.edu .

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.