Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs Jan. 4 at North Central College

Jan 03, 2013

Saxophonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Mitch Paliga performs Jan. 4 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens.

Paliga is an active performer, educator and composer in the Chicago area. A native of Libby, Mont., Paliga became fascinated with saxophone during high school and switched to soprano saxophone in college where he “found that this was his voice.”

“Moving to Chicago in 1990 has offered me many opportunities and experiences,” Paliga says. He has performed with Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Danny Gottlieb, Kimotion, The Temptations, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Rudy Linka, Akio Sasajima, Damon Short, Jo Ann Daugherty, Deanna Witkowski, Hard Art Group, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra and currently tours with actor/musician Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band.

Paliga has a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Eastern New Mexico University. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. His personal discography includes the albums “Blythe Moments” and “Fall Night.” Visit mitchpaliga.com to learn more.

Ken Dryden of Billboard says, “relatively few jazz musicians take up soprano sax compared to the rest of the reed family, but Mitch Paliga is one who mastered his instrument.” Paliga is also a founding member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective (CJCC) and a senior lecturer at Lake Forest College.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.