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South Dakota Jazz Festival is Thursday at NSU
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 44th annual South Dakota Jazz Festival feature concert, presented by the Northern State University Department of Fine Arts and the Aberdeen Community Concert Association, will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center.

Tickets will be available at the door: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors. There is no charge for NSU students, or for children high school age and younger. Community Concert tickets will also be honored. Tickets can also be purchased at the ACCA office at 1312 Third Ave. S.E. in Aberdeen or online at www.aberdeencommunityconcerts.org.
 
This year the festival will follow a clinic and performance-oriented format, whereas in past years it has been an adjudicated, contest-style event. The first band will perform in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater starting at 7:30 a.m., and the first vocal jazz group will perform at 11 a.m. The instrumental performances in the Johnson Fine Arts Center will continue until 5 p.m.
 
A vocal jazz clinic will take place in the newly remodeled Krikac Auditorium at 8:45 a.m., with the NSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Vocal jazz artist Dr. Lisanne Lyons will conduct the clinic. Lyons teaches studio music and jazz at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Previously she was an associate professor of music at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she founded the vocal jazz program and directed the DownBeat award-winning vocal jazz group, the New Virginians. During her tenure at VT, She received the Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omicron Music Professor of the Year Award.
 
Lyons is the recipient of several DownBeat awards as a jazz vocal soloist, jazz vocal choir director, and most recently as a jazz arranger.  She is in demand as a performer, arranger, adjudicator and clinician.
 
The instrumental clinician featured at the festival will be Nat McIntosh. He is a master
sousaphonist, trombonist and euphonium player. He is co-founder and sousaphonist with the Young Blood Brass Band, an eight-piece brass and drum ensemble that is based in the tradition of a New-Orleans-style brass band.
 
Throughout his nine years as leader of the group, McIntosh garnered critical and public acclaim for his many compositions, blending intense brass music with hip-hop, afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and jazz-funk styles. Serving as the centerpiece of the ensemble was McIntosh’s innovative sousaphone playing, which served as the dynamic bass voice in the group as well as the “acoustic DJ.” His mastery of numerous extended techniques and the infusion of these with simulated DJ cuts and scratches, pseudo-electronic effects, and the imitation of instruments ranging from an electric guitar to a didgeridoo constituted a new approach to the instrument. 
 
McIntosh served as producer of the Young Blood Brass Band’s albums: “Word on the Street”; “Unlearn”; “Center:Level:Roar”; and “Live.Places,” a live release recorded during one of their numerous intercontinental tours. He recently was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” where he performed one of his solo sousaphone features entitled “The Warrior
Comes Out to Play.”
 
The evening concert will feature a select high school band from the day’s festival for two numbers, and two numbers from the select group from the vocal jazz festival. Then McIntosh will perform with the NSU Jazz Ensemble 1, directed by NSU's Dr. Grant Manhart. NSU's Fred Hemke will solo with the group.
 
“The versatility and energy of Nat McIntosh guarantees some very interesting and exciting jazz sounds,” said Manhart. “He may even go electronic … on a number, which is where he uses effects and perhaps electronic percussion to present modern sounds and styles previously undreamed of on the tuba.”
 
The 44th annual South Dakota Jazz Festival at NSU promises to be a day of excited young people creating music, capped by an unforgettable jazz concert, said Manhart.
 
 
NSU Jazz 1 Ensemble
Dr. Grant Manhart, director
Alto I: Steven Zimoski,  Mobridge
Alto II: Derek VandenTop, Canton
Tenor I: John Patzlaff, Platte
Tenor II: Katie Wegleitner, Lake City
Baritone Sax: Michelle Mennis, Wahpeton, N.D.
Trumpet I: Nick Ries, Watertown
Trumpet II: Amanda Wentz, Bismarck, N.D.
Trumpet III: Paul Fellbaum, Webster
Trumpet IV: Tabitha Reule, Bismarck, N.D.
Trombone I: Tyler Schwan, Minot, N.D.
Trombone II: Delayna LaBelle, Spearfish
Trombone III: Justin Kones, Aberdeen
Bass Trombone: Luke Bergjord, Aberdeen
Tuba: John Gorr, Sioux Falls
Piano: Bailey Geist, Roscoe
Bass: Erin Wolter, Frederick
Drums: Joel Schlottman, Rapid City
Mallets: Luke Bergjord, Aberdeen
 
 
Photos, from top: Lyons, McIntosh, Manhart, Hemke