The Penn Valley Jazz Ensemble wowed the audience at The Gem Theater on Friday, April 17. Every April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) highlights the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure. To showcase this special month MCC-Penn Valley teamed up with the American JAZZ Museum to draw greater attention to the music’s heritage and history for Jazz Fest 2015.
The MCC-Penn Valley Jazz Ensemble invited the public to listen to timeless jazz music to honor Kansas City history and the College’s 100th Centennial Year.
The concert concluded with a special pr
esentation of Woody Herman’s famed clarinet and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the estate of the jazz icon. Both will be on loan and displayed on the MCC-Penn Valley campus for the next 5 years and housed in the Carter Art Center. Herman’s band was among the most popular of all big bands from the 1940’s through the 1970’s.
Clarence Smith, faculty member and Jazz Ensemble Director, presented both artifacts to Dr. Joe Seabrooks, MCC-Penn Valley’s President.