NWA Jazz All-Stars
with guest artist Victor Goines
DATE: Monday, April 29, 7pm
LOCATION: Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Now in its third year, the Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Star Youth Ensemble was recruited, auditioned and selected from nineteen Jr. High and High Schools in the N.W. Arkansas and NE Oklahoma region as an opportunity for aspiring student musicians to study, rehearse and perform jazz repertoire with professional musicians in our region.
Each year an internationally renowned jazz artist is engaged in the program by submitting music materials for the band and rehearsing and performing with the All-Stars. The program culminates with live performances and a studio recording.
Forty-two students auditioned and 19 were selected for the ensemble appearing tonight. The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Star Youth Ensemble is part of the Jazz Education Initiative developed to complement Walton Arts Center’s Starrlight Jazz Concert Series. The program, developed by Walton Arts Center and the Fayetteville Jazz Collective in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society, is managed by WAC’s long-time Jazz Curator, Robert Ginsburg. The ensemble director and conductor is Austin Farnam. The program aspires to nurture jazz performance, elevate musicianship and broaden exposure to jazz in our community.
- Mason Allen - Bari Sax (Grove, OK)
- Melanie Cloud - Alto Sax (Grove, OK)
- Lisa Coyle - Trumpet (Prairie Grove)
- Eli Dranow - Piano (Haas Hall)
- Lucas Durnhofer - Tenor Sax (Bentonville)
- Gavin Engholm - Drum set (Bentonville West)
- Tyler Henderson - Trumpet (Bentonville West)
- Ian Lawrence - Trombone (Rogers New Tech)
- Grace Martin - Trumpet (Fayetteville)
- Carter McKenzie - Drums (Prairie Grove)
- Elijah Mertz - Trumpet (Prairie Grove)
- Allison Miller - Trombone (Rogers Heritage)
- Liam O'Dell - Bass (Bentonville)
- Calvin Ryerse - Trombone (Springdale)
- Derek Salonen - Saxophone (Farmington)
- Ian Taylor - Bari Sax (Bentonville)
- Evan Wood - Trombone (Fayetteville)
- Nathaniel Wynn - Guitar (Prairie Grove)
- Ryan Yumang - Alto Sax (Central Jr High)
Our Special Guest Artist:
Multi-reed player, composer, bandleader and educator, Victor Goines, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording more than 20 albums. As a leader, Goines has recorded ten albums including his most recent release A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball (2016) on Rosemary Joseph Records. A gifted composer, Goines has more than 50 original works to his credit. He has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and a host of others. Currently, he is the director of jazz studies/professor of music at Northwestern University.
The Fayetteville Jazz Collective (FJC) is a group of local musicians in NW Arkansas committed to the preservation and advancement of jazz music as an American art form. Additionally, the FJC has a strong passion for jazz education and cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians.
Special thanks to the following FJC members for their invaluable instruction: Austin Farnam, music teacher at The New School; Claudia Burson, music instructor at the University of Arkansas, Darren Novotny, owner of Springdale Acoustics Inc., Ben Harris, Director of Operations for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas; Chase Cavalier, Manager of Palen Music Springdale location; and Matt Beach, freelance musician.
The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society is a non-profit, membership organization open to music lovers of all ages that has been active in our region since 1992. Their mission is “to present, preserve, promote, and celebrate the great American art form known as jazz through education, student scholarships, the Summer Jazz Concert Series and artist promotion.” To find out more visit www.digjazz.com