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Jazz aficionados from near and far will gather March 16 for a daylong Jazz Fest with clinics and sectionals March 16 at Hudson High School.
The jazz bands will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend these free concerts. The evening concert with nationally known trombonist Conrad Herwig, begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
"This is our 10th Jazz Fest," said event chairperson Lori Carlson. "Bands will be coming from Hudson High and Hudson Middle schools, Solon and Stow."
Roberto Iriarte, director of the high school orchestra and Jazz Band I, said Hudson has almost 100 jazz students. The high school has three jazz bands, Jazz I, Jazz II and Jazz Lab. There also is a middle school Jazz Band.
"This is unusually high for a school district," Iriarte said. "Most districts have one high school band. We have 60 students in the high school jazz bands and 40 in the middle school."
Iriarte said this is the 10th Jazz Fest, with all-day clinics and performing artists, but the district has been hosting jazz events since 1991.
He said he was excited that jazz artist Herwig would be coming to Hudson as a featured artist.
"We've never had a national trombonist before," Iriarte said.
Hudson's Jazz Band I, under the direction of Iriarte, will open the show at the evening concert, playing with Herwig is a New York-based trombonist. He is a veteran performer of more than three decades with 20 recordings and numerous performances with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell.
Joining him for the concert will be local musicians Jack Schantz, Bobby Selvaggio, Katherine Lauson-Iriarte, Rock Wehrmann, Dave Morgan, Mark Gondor and Jeremy Poparad.
According to information on his website, Herwig is an inductee of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, his home state. He attended the University of North Texas and Goddard College in Vermont. He earned a master of arts degree from Queens College in New York. He has taught at the jazz program at Rutgers University and is a visiting professor at Juilliard.
Tickets for the Herwig performance, which begins at 7 p.m. at the high school, are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets area available at the Learned Owl Book Shop, Acme Fresh Market on West Streetsboro Street, Hudson Jazz bands members or by calling Carlson at 330-655-2422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The event is primarily funded through our ticket sales," Carlson said. "Proceeds are used to pay for the guest artist, clinicians, local professional musicians who will perform with our artist and food. We serve lunch and dinner to all the band students, directors and clinicians."
Sponsors also are needed for the Jazz Fest.
"Organizations have an opportunity to showcase their business by becoming a program sponsor in the Jazz Fest Program seen by more than 750 people," Carlson, who is the event chairperson, said. "To receive detailed information about sponsorship levels, contact me at email@example.com. Sponsorship information must be received by Feb. 25 to be included."