The Western Illinois Museum will host jazz pianist Ann Collins on Friday, October 9, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The program, Exploring Jazz with Ann Collins, will focus on jazz standards, delving into what they are and where they come from, and will include performances of some of these well-loved compositions. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door which will benefit the museum.
Ann Collins is well known in the community for her contributions to Western Illinois University’s Music Department and as one of the Al Sears Jazz Festival founders. Growing up in the Galesburg area, she attended WIU and in 1968 joined the Music Department, serving as chair from 1988 until her retirement in 1997. In addition, she has been a featured clinician on numerous state convention programs and university seminars. Ann is the author of numerous guides designed to help bridge the gap between traditional piano study and jazz instruction, focusing on ear-training, improvisation, and harmonic activities as a supplement to traditional lessons.
An active and sought-after performer, Ann will bring together her educational experience with her exceptional musicianship to illustrate what we know as the “Jazz Standard.” From Tin Pan Alley, with a stop on Broadway, to the Hollywood musical, the program will explore the musical compositions which are an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians. Designed to enrich the appreciation of the genre, the program offers insights to both those who are new to jazz, as well as the seasoned connoisseur.
The Sports Corner @124 will provide a cash bar, serving wine, beer and soft drinks. Light snacks will be served at no charge.
The event will take place at the Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 South Lafayette Street one block south of Macomb’s Courthouse Square. For more information, contact the Western Illinois Museum at 309.837.2750 or email@example.com.