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The NIU JAZZ ENSEMBLE, Directed by Rodrigo Villanueva
Cafe Coda
Madison, WI
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Thursday Apr 22, 2021 7:00 PM - Thursday Apr 22, 2021 9:00 PM | $10.00 - $20.00


The NIU JAZZ ENSEMBLE, Directed by Rodrigo Villanueva
The NIU Jazz Ensemble is the Laboratory Jazz Big Band at NIU. This group performs advanced and intermediate material covering a wide variety of jazz styles, including new works composed and/or arranged by NIU faculty and students.

The group has performed with several international artists, including Allen Vizzutti, Fareed Haque, Kelly Sill, Stefan Karlsson, Liam Teague, Art Davis, Tom Garling, Gary Smulyan, Mark Colby, and Wayne Bergeron.

The Jazz Ensemble regularly participates in jazz festivals and competitions and performs at least six concerts per academic year. In 2010 and 2014 the ensemble was featured at the Illinois Music Education Conference. The group won first place in the College Jazz Big Band division at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2008. It has received outstanding recognition at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival many times. The band was honored with Outstanding Performance recognition at the 35th DOWNBEAT Annual Student Music Awards (June 2012).


Rodrigo Villanueva, director
Megan Rault: Alto Saxophone
Morgan Turner: Tenor Saxophone
Michael Opitz: Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Watson: Trumpet
Zephan Drew: Trombone
Christian Yi: Piano
Ben Kwak: Bass
Jackson Frosch: Guitar
Noah Brooks: Drums

Tickets are $20/general and $10/students with ID.

For a special in-person CODA experience, only 25 people capacity.
Thank you to our sponsors, Northern Illinois University School of Music, BlueStem, and WORT!

Production by: MMX608
Sound By: Papa Scott
Support live music, donations are graciously accepted via www.gofundme.com/f/keep-coda-alive

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Cafe Coda (View)
1224 Williamson St.
Madison, WI 53703
United States


Online / Streaming / Virtual
Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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