And the 2017 Winners are…

Congratulations to the 2017 Jazz Fest Award Winners! 2017 Grand Champion: Prospect Jazz Ensemble I High School Jazz Ensembles Class AA 3. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble 2. Mundelein Jazz Ensemble 1. Prospect Jazz Ensemble I High School Jazz Ensembles Class A 3. Carmel Catholic Jazz Band 2. Lewistown Jazz Ensemble 1. Tinley Park Honors Jazz Ensemble High School Jazz Ensembles II Class AA 3. TIE: Prospect Jazz Ensemble II & Warren Township Jazz Lab Band 2. Naperville North Jazz Band 1. Mundelein Jazz Orchestra High School Jazz Ensembles II Class A 3. Antioch Community Jazz Ensemble II 2. Champaign Central Lab Band 1. Champaign Central Stage Band High School Jazz Ensembles 1. Wheeling Jazz Band I High School Jazz Combo Class AA 3. Conant Jazz Combo 2. Prospect Jazz Combo 1. TIE: Fremd Jazz Combo & Naperville North Jazz Combo High School Jazz Combo Class A 3. Champaign Central Combo II 2. Carmel Catholic Jazz Combo 1. Champaign Central Combo I Junior High Ensemble I 3. Old Quarry Jazz Band 2. Cooper Jazz Band I 1. Holmes Jazz Ensemble Junior High Ensemble II 2. Holmes Jazz Band 1. Cooper Jazz Band II Soloist Medals Kevin Branner, Naperville North, Tenor Alex F, Champaign Central, Bass Janelle Finton, Buffalo Grove, Trumpet James Hix, Batavia, Drums Max Hubbard, Champaign Central, Alto John Kim, Fremd, Alto Nicole Koutun, Holmes, Piano Kayla Cutler, Buffalo Grove, Trombone Adam Manaster, Champaign Central Connor Mannebada, Warren Township, Piano Johan Montag, Highland Garret Munz, Mundelein, Alto Andrea Moreno, Wheeling, Alto Eunice Park, Holmes, Piano Anabel Perez-Brennan, Holmes, Drums Jacob Cushman, Fremd Combo, Drums Birch Creek Music Performance Center...

Eric Schneider

Jazz Fest Welcomes Eric Schneider, Performing with MYA Jazz Combo (12pm) Eric Schneider’s musical adventures began early. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he was able to play melodies on the piano at age three. His formal studies started on piano at six. By age eight, his tendency to try to “improve” the music inspired his teacher to give him a boogie-woogie book, which resulted in his earliest experiments in composition and improvisation. Clarinet lessons started a couple years later and by age fifteen he’d taken up the sax. Hearing Charlie Parker turned his musical life completely around, and he heeded the call. He dropped piano lessons, neglected the clarinet and started a passionate relationship with the alto saxophone.

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Advertising, he returned to Chicago and joined Jim Beebe’s Chicago Jazz Band. Earl Fatha’ Hines, who knew a thing or two about good, young saxophone players (and had hired Charlie Parker some thirty years earlier) heard about Eric and requested an audition tape. This resulted in a four-year stay, touring all over the world, as well as the LP, Eric and Earl (Hines insisted on second billing). With Hines’ blessing Eric accepted Count Basie’s offer to join the Basie Orchestra and subsequently occupied the “hot” tenor chair for two years, following in the footsteps of his other main musical influence, Lester Young, who held the chair from 1936 to 1940. During his tenure with Basie, Schneider recorded three albums, including the Grammy Award-winning 88 Basie Street. These six years of nonstop touring brought him into the company of some of America’s greatest artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Clark Terry, Mel Tormé, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Williams, Ray McKinley,...
Dan Chmielinski

Dan Chmielinski

Jazz fest Welcomes Dan Chmielinski, GBS Alumni and Guest Artist (6pm) Dan “Chimy” (shim-ee) Chmielinski began his love affair with the bass at the young age of 3 and never looked back. Now 21, Dan is an accomplished bassist who has traveled the world performing with Etienne Charles, Bryan Carter, the Joey Alexander Trio, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, The Kyle Athayde Dance Party and the New York Jazz Symposium. He is currently in his fourth year of the jazz studies program at The Juilliard School, led by world-renowned trumpet player and jazz educator Wynton Marsalis. Dan has been continuously inspired and mentored by some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians and classical bassists including Richard Davis, Ben Wolfe, Jay Anderson, and currently studying under the great Ron Carter. Prior to attending The Juilliard School, Dan attended Glenbrook South High School, participating in their Grammy Award Winning arts program. Dan also performed with the Midwest Young Artists Big Band (2009-2012) and Symphony Orchestra (2008-2012), the Fatum Brothers Jazz Orchestra (2008-2010), and with various other ensembles in New York and Chicago. In the summer of 2012, Dan was one of 15 musicians selected to participate in Ravinia’s prestigious Steans Institute, where he collaborated with jazz masters David Baker, Nathan Davis, Curtis Fuller, and Rufus Reid. In 2014, he was selected to receive Juilliard’s Ron Carter Scholarship. Dan is also well-studied in composition, specifically film scoring, and has studied with composers Philip Lasser and Kendall Briggs. He recently scored NYU filmmaker Connor Smith’s first feature-length film, “Smoke in the Air.” In addition, Dan teaches privately and educates through Jazz at Lincoln...

Bryan Carter and the Young Swangers

Jazz Fest Welcomes Bryan Carter & the Young Swangers (6pm) With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career. Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis, Ted Nash, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut and currently tours with vocalists Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling. Carter’s profound respect for the jazz tradition and his ability to create new music that reflects a deep connection to the rich this heritage is not surprising given his background. Beginning drums at the age of three, Carter quickly developed a strong passion for music—especially jazz. By the age of eleven he had already studied with legendary drummers Louie Bellson, Harold Jones, and Ed Thigpen. Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross- collaborative performance. As a new artist, Carter’s access to extensive outlets lead to performances at iconic and globally recognized venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Staples Center and the Chicago Symphony Center. He also continues to travel and perform at clubs, festivals and concert halls around...