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Mineral Area College Jazz Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2015


This year Mineral Area College is excited to welcome the Grammy Award-winning NEW YORK VOICES!! 2013 marked New York Voices' 25th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements, and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected.

In addition to their own CDs, NYV has made many guest appearances on recordings and live performances that have earned them critical acclaim and demand in a variety of settings. They have had the pleasure of performing with a number of influential jazz artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, The Count Basie Orchestra, George Benson, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, The Manhattan Transfer, the Boston Pops, The Metropole Orchestra, Ivan Lins, Paquito D'Rivera, and many more.

Individually, the four members are involved in a variety of projects including solo performances and recordings, teaching, writing and arranging. To learn more about NYV or the individual members, please visit

New York Voices will present a master class at noon as well as perform in the evening concerts along with the Mineral Area College Jazz Ensemble and the Mineral Area College Kicks Band. Two evening concerts will be available: a show at 6pm for festival participants and directors, and a show at 8:30pm that will be open to the general public. Advance tickets will be available at the MAC Bookstore priced at $7 for students/directors and $15 for adults.

The foundation for the community college’s annual jazz festival was based on the hard work and commitment of the late music instructor, Carol Moore. The jazz festival was renamed in her memory after she passed away in 2008.

For more information contact Michael Goldsmith: 573.518.2230


Previous MAC Jazz Fest guest artists include:

2014 - Roger Ingram, Trumpet

2009 - Joey DeFrancesco, Organ
2013 - Phil Woods, Sax 2008 - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet
2012 - Delfeayo Marsalis, Trombone 2007 - Steve Wiest, Trombone

2011 - Jim Widner, Bass

Kim Park, Flute & Alto Sax

Mike Shannon, Tenor Sax

Brett Stamps, Trombone

2006 - Jim Manley, Trumpet

2005 - Larry Coryell, Guitar

Reggie Thomas, Organ

2010 - Denis Diblasio, Sax