Over the weekend, the Knox Jazz Ensemble and the Knox Cherry St. Combo performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (competing against 37 college and university jazz ensembles) and return home with great success and a Knox first.
The Cherry St. Combo was awarded one of only four outstanding combo awards at the festival, and all four members – Jake Hawrylak, Josh Calef, Nate Beck, and Kyle Kunkler were awarded individual soloist awards. This combo award is a first for Knox and represents an incredible accomplishment for our “little” school (the three schools with whom we share the best combo award include two state universities, programs with jazz studies degrees, and graduate student performers). Jake Hawrylak was also awarded a second individual solo award for his featured performance with the Knox Jazz Ensemble.
Best yet, you can hear these jazzers tonight (Monday, Feb. 25) at 7 p.m. in concert. Featured will be the Cherry St. Combo (with their award-winning set), the Knox Jazz Ensemble, and we welcome the Bradley University Jazz Ensemble with their guest artist, world-renowned saxophonist Mark Colby for an evening of great music.
Come to Kresge at 7 p.m. to celebrate a truly incredible accomplishment from our student performers.