Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306
June 9, 2010--Jazz vocalists and recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Madeline Eastman will combine their talents with noted jazz instrumentalists for the "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites" concert series in July at North Central College.
Performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17, and Monday through Friday, July 19-23, in North Central's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens for the first five performances Saturday through Thursday. A four-night concert pass is available for $60/adults or $45/students and senior citizens. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
The concert series is presented in conjunction with the 22nd annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and features eight jazz artists who comprise its faculty roster for the weeklong educational workshop. Each evening of the series will feature a different combination of artists and musical selections. The camp and concert series, recognized for presenting the most innovative vocalists on the contemporary jazz scene, has been featured on the national PBS news program "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," WGN-TV and WTTW Channel 11 Chicago.
The series will conclude at 7 p.m. Friday, July 23, with a concert featuring student performers from the camp. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and senior citizens; call 630-637-SHOW (7469).
Blujazz recording artist Janice Borla's recordings and performances have earned her consistently high praise for her beautiful sound, superb technique, adventurous repertoire and imaginative vocal improvisations. She has been described as "a one-woman jazz tornado" by Jazz Times and "a stunning singer with a lustrous voice and the technique, imagination and daring of the best improvising instrumentalists" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her CD "From Every Angle" was named one of the Best CDs of the Year by DownBeat Magazine and hailed by JazzWeek as "another fine effort from a singer who seems to do everything right." Borla's previous CD "Agents of Change" was named No. 1 Jazz CD of the Year by WBEZ-FM Chicago Public Radio and praised by Jazz Times as "Genius. Pure genius."
One of the founding members of the camp's artist roster, Jay Clayton has worked with such jazz luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hersch, Steve Reich and the internationally acclaimed improvisatory vocal group Vocal Summit. Based in New York City, she has been described as "one of the most phenomenal vocalists in creative improvised music" by All Music Guide. Her current CD release "The Peace of Wild Things" (Sunnyside) has garnered her wide critical praise. Francis Davis of Downbeat Magazine writes, "Clayton is an important singer ... one who proposed dramatic change in style and roles ... Her musicianship is impeccable." Debra Bresnan of Woodstock Times says, "Clayton can swing, percolate, lay down a blues, soar in ethereal realms, avant you, romance you, and generally spin your concept of jazz singing a full 360 ...."
Also returning this year after a three-year hiatus is Madeline Eastman, who has been twice voted one of the top female vocalists in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Based in San Francisco, she has recorded with Cedar Walton, Tony Williams, Kenny Barron and Matt Wilson. She has long been heralded for her vocal gifts, interpretive savvy and irrepressible sense of adventure. Her current CD "Can You Hear Me Now?" (Mad-Kat Records) has garnered her wide critical praise. The Los Angeles Times writes, she's "a consummate, inventive, endlessly entertaining artist at work"; the San Francisco Weekly says, "An exceptional singer ... crisp and polished singing, graceful phrasing-a captivating listen"; and Jazz Times says, "One of the most technically accomplished and soulful vocalists in jazz."
Trumpeter Art Davis is a former featured soloist with the Ray Charles Orchestra. Based in Chicago, he has performed and/or recorded with such notable artists as Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra, and is a member of the Janice Borla Group.
Guitarist John McLean is widely considered to be among the most accomplished and distinctive guitarists in Chicago. He has performed with such jazz talents as Randy Brecker, Jane Ira Bloom, Patricia Barber and Jerry Granelli and is a member of the Janice Borla Group. His own current CD "Better Angels" is available on the Origin record label.
Pianist Dan Haerle is an alumnus of the Clark Terry Group and has performed with Al Jarreau, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny and Mel Torme. He is leader of the Dan Haerle Trio, whose current CD "Standard Procedure" (Blujazz) was selected by Downbeat Magazine as among the best CD releases of 2005.
Bassist Bob Bowman has played with such jazz greats as Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akyoshi, Carmen McRae and Karrin Allyson. Based in Kansas City, he is the leader of Interstring, as well as a member of the Dan Haerle Trio and the Janice Borla Group.
Drummer Jack Mouse is a member of the Janice Borla Group and the Dan Haerle Trio. A staff artist for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks, he has performed with James Moody, Clark Terry, Bunky Green, Randy Brecker and Stan Kenton.
In honor of the camp and concert series, Mayor A. George Pradel of Naperville has proclaimed July 17-23 Vocal Jazz Week. The proclamation recognizes the camp, "which has gained an international reputation as one of vocal jazz's most prestigious and unique events" and "urges all residents to support this assemblage of world-famous jazz vocalists and instrumentalists who will be performing in Naperville, Illinois, this week."
Media sponsorship is provided by Naperville Magazine, Sun Publications and WDCB-FM 90.9 Public Radio at College of DuPage. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Community Arts Access Regranting Program, which is funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and Hinsdale Center for the Arts. Equipment and services are provided by Yamaha Corporation of America and Shure Brothers, Inc.