Keystone's Fifth Annual Jazz Institute a Success

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Posted: 08/09/2012

Keystone College hosted the fifth annual Jazz Institute, which boasted 21 local student performers during a five-day workshop July 23-27, 2012.  The unique musical program featured the teachings of various recording and touring jazz musicians from the community.

Presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, the Jazz Institute allows aspiring musicians to learn and perform with several professional musicians, supports music creation and writing, and helps create futures for young jazz aficionados as musicians.  As one of the few musical programs offered in the area, participants had the opportunity to learn various musical styles and elements, vocal techniques, and the importance of analyzing performance through group and individual instruction with renowned area musicians.

After completing five days of concentrated classes, participants from the Jazz Institute enthralled audience members in a student jazz ensemble during the Scranton Jazz Festival, which took place in the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton, and other various venues downtown August 3-5, 2012. 

Faculty members who participated in the event included well-known jazz musician James Buckley (jazz history and theory), Tom Hamilton (saxophone and woodwinds), Marko Marcinko (drums and jazz piano), Tony Marino (acoustic and electric bass), Eddie Severn (jazz trumpet and brass), and Bill Washer (jazz guitar).

Following another successful Jazz Institute, Keystone College is already looking forward to the return of the Jazz Institute in 2013.