The Jazz Festival returns to Iowa Lakes Community College for its 23rd year on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 6. The guest artists this year include: Tony Gulizia, keyboards/vocals; Andy Hall, bass; and, Joey Gulizia and Brian Loftus, percussion.
On Nov. 5, a convocation will be held at 10 a.m. on the Emmetsburg campus. The public is invited to attend this free event.
Then, on Nov. 6, the guest artists will perform a convocation at 9 a.m. on the Estherville campus. This event is also free and open to the public. Following the convocation, clinics will be held for Iowa Lakes students until noon.
Clinic times are then scheduled for area school bands in the afternoon. The guest artists will listen to the bands, and provide professional suggestions for improving the ensembles before the jazz band contest season starts.
There will be an evening concert on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Estherville campus gymnasium. The concert is open to the public as well as festival participants. Student admission is free and the cost for adults is $5.
For additional information, visit www.iowalakes.edu/music.
Biography - Jazz Trio (Tony Gulizia, Andy Hall, Joey Gulizia) & Guest Brian Loftis
Tony Gulizia started his music career early, at the age of 8, working with his father, and, later, with his 10 year old brother, Joey Gulizia. They studied music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. It was there the Gulizia Brothers were formed. In 1979, the talented musical duo began working, in conjunction with the Nebraska Arts Council, in the Artists in Schools program. By 1990, their involvement in music programs for youth had escalated to leadership in the Mid-America Arts Alliance, involving themselves increasingly in Artist in Schools programs spanning a 7-state region. In 1997, Tony and Joey received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Andy Hall, a professional bassist on both the acoustic and electric bass, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He is currently the jazz bass instructor at The University of Nebraska Omaha. For the past twenty-three years, Hall has played bass with the nationally known jazz vocalist, Marilyn Maye. In addition to performing, he spends a great deal of time teaching at jazz workshops, jazz camps, artist-in-residence programs and acts as an adjudicator for jazz festivals. The Jazz Trio has performed together for 22 years at the Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Festival and at the Iowa Lakes University of Okoboji Reggie Schive Summer Jazz Camp.
In addition to the Jazz Trio, guest artist Brian Loftus will be in attendance. Brian’s professional music career began after moving to Santa Cruz, California in 1989. He has performed nationally and internationally in all types of venues. Brian’s diverse professional experience includes performing with many renowned artists including: JohnLee Hooker, Olatunji, Nicollette Larson, Joan Baez, Henry Butler, Ivan Neville, Russ Kunkel, Glen Frey, Huey Lewis, Sista Monica, Tammi Brown, Chris Cain, Elvin Bishop, Mighty Mike Schermer, Greg London, Polo Jones (Zucchero), Lee Oskar, Bill Kreutzman (Grateful Dead), Tracy Byrd, DennisMurphy, Julianne Hanson, Ras Midas, Zulu Spear, Dan Juma Adamu, GaryRegina, Tony Gulizia, and the Gatlin Brothers. He performed with LittleHercules in Colorado and, with Appaloosa, helped revive the Saddlerackin Fremont, California. In 2007 Brian performed with Eric Lindell on the San Diego Blues Cruise.