The Fox Jazz Fest Announces the Twentieth Anniversary Artist Schedule for 2013
Saturday, Aug. 31 9am- Free Jazz Clinic at Seton Catholic Middle School with Zach Harmon and Anthony Wilson, guitar 12 noon- Fest begins at Jefferson Park, Menasha 12 noon Seton Catholic Middle School Jazz Band 12:30 Neenah High School Jazz Band 1:00 Rod Blumenau- Jazz Piano History 2:15 Mary Louise Knutson Piano Trio 3:00 High School Improv Contest Winner 3:30 Zach Harmon Ensemble featuring Anthony Wilson, Guitar 5:00 Janet Planet 9:00pm Open Jam Session at Holiday Inn Riverwalk, downtown Neenah
Sunday, Sept. 1 12 noon Pulaski High School Red Raider Jazz Band 12:30 Kaukauna High School Jazz Strings 1:00 Kim Richmond and Clay Jenkins Quintet 2:15 Randall Harrison 3:30 Madisalsa 5:00 Fred Hersch
High School Jazz Improvisation Contest Winners Announced!
The Fox Jazz Festival is proud to announce the winners of its 7th annual High School Jazz Improvisation Contest, which is sponsored by Heid Music. Gabriel Peterson, an alto saxophonist from Appleton North High School, has been chosen as the first place winner and guitarist Will Linstrom of Fond du Lac High School has been chosen as the second place winner. Both contestants will perform at the Fox Jazz Festival with a professional trio on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Jefferson Park in Menasha. Both winners will win cash prizes for themselves and Heid Music gift certificates for their schools. These two young men were chosen from a seven county search of public and parochial high schools in Northeastern Wisconsin. The two finalists were selected first from a recorded audition and then placed first and second after a live performance with the Big Band Reunion at Frank's Pizza Palace in Appleton on May 21. Judges included jazz luminary John Harmon, Lawrence Conservatory Emeritus Professor Bob Levy, UW-Oshkosh Jazz Professor Marty Robinson, Seton Middle School band director Brad Curran and Kaukauna Area Schools orchestra director Lori Lacey. Gabe Peterson, a senior, has an extensive background in both vocal and instrumental music and has been accepted by audition to attend Lawrence Conservatory this Fall to study music. His school band director is James Thaldorf. Will Linstrom is a junior and has been chosen by state-wide audition to be the guitarist in the Wisconsin School Music Association's Honors Jazz Band which will perform at the WSMA State Convention in October, 2013. His school band director is Matt McVeigh.