North Central College - Naperville, IL

Grant Gustafson and Jonathan Rainville ’10

Grant Gustafson and Jonathan Rainville will be performing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival with their band, Blank Range.  Bonnaroo is one of the most prestigious music events in the nation, attracting over 100,000 people each year. It was named one of the 50 events that changed music by Rolling Stone Magazine.

North Central music major wins prestigious national jazz award

Alyssa Allgood '14
North Central College Alyssa Allgood '14 wins DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

North Central College senior Alyssa Allgood has won DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

North Central College hosts Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series July 21-27

Janice Borla, jazz vocalist and North Central College lecturer in music
Jazz vocalists, recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Peter Eldridge headline Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concerts July 21-27 at North Central College.

Jazz vocalists and recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Peter Eldridge headline the 25th annual Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series July 21-27 at North Central College.

Mouse receives award for his work as jazz drummer, educator

Jack Mouse, adjunct assistant professor of music
Jack Mouse, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of music, receives Aquarian Award of Achievement for contributions as jazz educator, performer.

Jack Mouse—North Central College adjunct assistant professor of music, coordinator of the jazz studies program and jazz drummer—received an Aquarian Award of Achievement, presented by Aquarian Drumheads in acknowledgement of Mouse’s contributions as a jazz educator and performer.

Founded in 1980 by famous drummer and clinician Roy Burns, Aquarian Drumheads is an international company with a number of innovative patented products and sells drumheads and other gear to artists around the world, including Chad Butler of Switchfoot and Rikki Rockett of Poison.

Borla and Mouse featured in “Recording” magazine

Jazz faculty members Janice Borla and Jack Mouse were featured in “Recording” magazine in the article “A Basement Conversion: The Borla/Mouse Basement Studio.”

Jazz faculty members vocalist Janice Borla and drummer Jack Mouse were featured in a four-page article titled “A Basement Conversion: The Borla/Mouse Basement Studio” in the October 2010 issue of “Recording,” a magazine for the recording  musician. The article focuses on their home studio, which they designed, and includes comments from recording engineer John Larson on how the space was adapted for recording and mixing sessions. Here’s a preview from the article:

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla is featured artist Nov. 10

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla is featured artist Nov. 10

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Vocal Jazz Camp returns for 22nd season

The 22nd annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites" concert series will be presented at North Central College.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

May 11, 2010--The 22nd annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites" concert series will be presented at North Central College July 17-23. Both events take place during the same week and are jointly sponsored by the College's Jazz Studies Program.

Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp

Great Evening of Jazz is May 19

North Central College's Jazz Studies Program will present its spring "Great Evening of Jazz."

May 10, 2010--North Central College's Jazz Studies Program will present its spring "Great Evening of Jazz" on Wednesday, May 19. The concert features all 12 of the College's jazz performing ensembles and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago, Naperville.

Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; contact the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/show.

War zone gets jazzed

Thanksgiving 2009 was a memorable occasion for Mitch Paliga, jazz saxophone instructor and a member of the jazz studies faculty at North Central. A professional saxophonist in the Lt. Dan Band—founded by actor Gary Sinise and music director Kimo Williams to entertain military troops—Paliga spent his Thanksgiving vacation performing at three military bases in Afghanistan. Conditions were primitive and entering an active war zone was challenging for the 12-member band.

In True Jazz Tradition, It Started with a Good Vibe

A good vibe led to Count Basie Orchestra alumnus, jazz trombonist and composer/ arranger T.S. Galloway joining North Central College's highly acclaimed Jazz Studies Program faculty this year.

Program director and jazz drummer Jack Mouse met Galloway several years ago when Mouse's wife, jazz vocalist and North Central instructor Janice Borla, was rehearsing for a performance with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, where Galloway arranged a song for her.

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