Student performance at 18th & Vine Jazz Festival

A member of the MCC-Penn Valley Jazz Ensembles dazzles the crowd with his saxophone solo.
A member of the MCC-Penn Valley Jazz Ensembles dazzles the crowd with his saxophone solo.

The MCC-Penn Valley Jazz Ensemble  performed this weekend at the 18th & Vine Jazz Festival.

Students in the ensemble also participated in a clinic with saxophonist and educator Nathan Davis on Saturday. The students’ final performance was Saturday evening at the Gem Theater as part of the Jammin’ At The Gem Lifetime Achievement concert. In addition to Davis, the show features NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller, George Cables, Abe Laboriel, Winard Harper and Maurice Brown.

The three-day festival was a partnership between MCC-Penn Valley and the American Jazz Museum. The non-competitive event provided middle school, high school and college students with an outstanding musical experience as well as an opportunity to gain deeper appreciation for Kansas City’s rich jazz heritage.

Student musicians benefited from clinics with outstanding musicians and had the option of attending evening performances.

Penn Valley Music Instructor Clarence Smith applauds students for their stellar performance.
Penn Valley Music Instructor Clarence Smith applauds students for their stellar performance.

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