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And the 2018 Winners are…

Auditorium/Stage Grand Champion 1. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class AA 3. William Fremd Jazz Ensemble 2. Wheeling Jazz Band I 1. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class A 3. Carmel Catholic Jazz Ensemble 2. Grayslake Central Jazz Band 1. Tinley Park Honors Jazz Ensemble Auditorium: Soloist Medals 1. Megan Dougherty, Tinley Park: Vocalist 2. Jimmy Glenson, Oswego East: Baritone Saxophone 3. Amy Perez-Brennan, Wheeling: Drums 4. Matt Hendricks, Tinley Park: Alto Saxophone Auditorium: Scholarships & Awards Birch Creek Performance Center –partial tuition scholarship Brandon Jaimes, Schaumburg: Trombone Roosevelt University–full 4-year tuition scholarship Garrett Frees, Naperville North: Tenor Saxophone Cafeteria: Jazz I Ensembles Class A 2. Belvidere Jazz Ensemble 1. Williamsville Jazz Band Cafeteria: Jazz I Ensembles Class AA 1. Buffalo Grove Jazz Ensemble Cafeteria: H.S. Jazz Ensembles II Class AA 2.William Fremd Jazz Lab Band (tied) 2. Oswego Blue Jazz Ensemble II (tied) 1. Warren Township Jazz Lab Blue Cafeteria: Soloist Medals 1. Andy Kies, Palatine: Guitar 2. Kyle Bacharn, Oswego Blue: Trombone 3. Abby Svec, William Fremd: Piano 4. Noah Schuning, West Chicago: Tenor Saxophone Cafeteria: Scholarships & Awards Shell Lakes Arts Center–5 partial tuition scholarships 1. Drums: Tommy Sagins, Williamsville 2. Bass: Jenna McCarty, Williamsville 3. Piano: Cameron Oberecht, Buffalo Grove 4. Trombone: Isabella Lang, Williamsville 5. Guitar: Kenneth Olzewski, Warren Township Gold Midwest Young Artists–1 partial scholarship Ariette Kaberlein, William Fremd: Alto Saxophone Orchestra: H.S. Jazz Combo Class AA 3. Wheeling Jazz Combo 2. William Fremd Jazz Combo 1. Naperville North Jazz Combo Orchestra: H. S. Jazz Combo Class A 2. Marmion Rosary Jazz Combo 1. Carmel Catholic Jazz... read more

Buy Tickets Online

Buy Tickets Now! New for 2018, we are offering attendees the opportunity to purchase tickets for the North Shore Jazz Fest ahead of time. You can purchase general admission tickets and family packages using the fields below to complete you order. You can pick up your tickets/wristbands at our “Will Call” kiosk outside of the Auditorium. Please bring a copy of your receipt. Ticket Type Single Tickets $10.00 USDFamily Package $25.00 USD Name for Will Call: All sales are... read more

Reggie Thomas

Jazz Fest Welcomes Reggie Thomas, Performing with MYA Jazz Combo (12pm)   “One of the most in demand pianists and educators in the country, Reggie Thomas’ soulful, hard-swinging brand of piano immediately grabs an audience and assures them that a swinging time is set to be had by all.” -jazzstl.org “Few jazz keyboardists have excelled at both piano and organ…On piano, Thomas shows off a sensitive touch, a rich sense of harmony and fleet single-note runs; on organ, he delivers grits, gravy and gospel in satisfying portions…” -maxjazz.com Reginald Thomas can be seen fronting his own groups (Mardra/Reggie Thomas Ensemble; OGD) on both piano and Hammond organ and as a sideman with great artists including Hamiett Blueit, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Ensemble. Most recently he was the accompanist for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition at theKennedy Center in Washington DC. Reggie continues to appear as guest artist at collegiate jazz festivals around the country including Lawrence University, the University of South Florida, and Texas Tech University. He has also performed internationally in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Milan, Italy; Warsaw and Poznan, Poland; Senegal, West Africa; and London, England. Recordings include work with Clay Jenkins, Kim Richmond, Clark Terry/Mike Vax, as well as his own recordings Fade to Blue with wife Mardra (MaxJazz), Standard Time (Victoria) and 4 (Jazz Compass). Reggie has been awarded the Excellence in the Arts award from the Greater St. Louis Arts and Education Council and was named in the Riverfront Times 2005 “Best of St. Louis” issue as Best Jazz Artist. Reggie is professor of music at Southern Illinois University... read more

Latest Posts…

And the 2018 Winners are…

Auditorium/Stage Grand Champion 1. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class AA 3. William Fremd Jazz Ensemble 2. Wheeling Jazz Band I 1. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class A 3. Carmel Catholic Jazz Ensemble 2. Grayslake Central Jazz Band 1. Tinley Park Honors Jazz Ensemble Auditorium: Soloist Medals 1. Megan Dougherty, Tinley Park: Vocalist 2. Jimmy Glenson, Oswego East: Baritone Saxophone 3. Amy Perez-Brennan, Wheeling: Drums 4. Matt Hendricks, Tinley Park: Alto Saxophone Auditorium: Scholarships & Awards Birch Creek Performance Center –partial tuition scholarship Brandon Jaimes, Schaumburg: Trombone Roosevelt University–full 4-year tuition scholarship Garrett Frees, Naperville North: Tenor Saxophone Cafeteria: Jazz I Ensembles Class A 2. Belvidere Jazz Ensemble 1. Williamsville Jazz Band Cafeteria: Jazz I Ensembles Class AA 1. Buffalo Grove Jazz Ensemble Cafeteria: H.S. Jazz Ensembles II Class AA 2.William Fremd Jazz Lab Band (tied) 2. Oswego Blue Jazz Ensemble II (tied) 1. Warren Township Jazz Lab Blue Cafeteria: Soloist Medals 1. Andy Kies, Palatine: Guitar 2. Kyle Bacharn, Oswego Blue: Trombone 3. Abby Svec, William Fremd: Piano 4. Noah Schuning, West Chicago: Tenor Saxophone Cafeteria: Scholarships & Awards Shell Lakes Arts Center–5 partial tuition scholarships 1. Drums: Tommy Sagins, Williamsville 2. Bass: Jenna McCarty, Williamsville 3. Piano: Cameron Oberecht, Buffalo Grove 4. Trombone: Isabella Lang, Williamsville 5. Guitar: Kenneth Olzewski, Warren Township Gold Midwest Young Artists–1 partial scholarship Ariette Kaberlein, William Fremd: Alto Saxophone Orchestra: H.S. Jazz Combo Class AA 3. Wheeling Jazz Combo 2. William Fremd Jazz Combo 1. Naperville North Jazz Combo Orchestra: H. S. Jazz Combo Class A 2. Marmion Rosary Jazz Combo 1. Carmel Catholic Jazz... read more

Buy Tickets Online

Buy Tickets Now! New for 2018, we are offering attendees the opportunity to purchase tickets for the North Shore Jazz Fest ahead of time. You can purchase general admission tickets and family packages using the fields below to complete you order. You can pick up your tickets/wristbands at our “Will Call” kiosk outside of the Auditorium. Please bring a copy of your receipt. Ticket Type Single Tickets $10.00 USDFamily Package $25.00 USD Name for Will Call: All sales are... read more

Reggie Thomas

Jazz Fest Welcomes Reggie Thomas, Performing with MYA Jazz Combo (12pm)   “One of the most in demand pianists and educators in the country, Reggie Thomas’ soulful, hard-swinging brand of piano immediately grabs an audience and assures them that a swinging time is set to be had by all.” -jazzstl.org “Few jazz keyboardists have excelled at both piano and organ…On piano, Thomas shows off a sensitive touch, a rich sense of harmony and fleet single-note runs; on organ, he delivers grits, gravy and gospel in satisfying portions…” -maxjazz.com Reginald Thomas can be seen fronting his own groups (Mardra/Reggie Thomas Ensemble; OGD) on both piano and Hammond organ and as a sideman with great artists including Hamiett Blueit, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Ensemble. Most recently he was the accompanist for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition at theKennedy Center in Washington DC. Reggie continues to appear as guest artist at collegiate jazz festivals around the country including Lawrence University, the University of South Florida, and Texas Tech University. He has also performed internationally in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Milan, Italy; Warsaw and Poznan, Poland; Senegal, West Africa; and London, England. Recordings include work with Clay Jenkins, Kim Richmond, Clark Terry/Mike Vax, as well as his own recordings Fade to Blue with wife Mardra (MaxJazz), Standard Time (Victoria) and 4 (Jazz Compass). Reggie has been awarded the Excellence in the Arts award from the Greater St. Louis Arts and Education Council and was named in the Riverfront Times 2005 “Best of St. Louis” issue as Best Jazz Artist. Reggie is professor of music at Southern Illinois University... read more