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Talent on display at Elmhurst College Jazz Fest

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  • Members of Kentucky's Murray State University Big Band ensemble performs Sunday during the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious fest draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.

       Members of Kentucky's Murray State University Big Band ensemble performs Sunday during the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious fest draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • David Crippen performs Sunday with fellow members of Kentucky's Murray State University Big Band ensemble during the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious four-day fest draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.

       David Crippen performs Sunday with fellow members of Kentucky's Murray State University Big Band ensemble during the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious four-day fest draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Vocalist Emily Duff performs Sunday with fellow members of Kentucky's Murray State University Big Band ensemble during the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious four-day fest draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.

       Vocalist Emily Duff performs Sunday with fellow members of Kentucky's Murray State University Big Band ensemble during the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious four-day fest draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The Western Illinois University Combo performs Sunday at the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious festival draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.

       The Western Illinois University Combo performs Sunday at the 47th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. The prestigious festival draws high school, college and professional musicians from across the Midwest.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

Collegiate musicians from across the Midwest helped bring a close to Elmhurst College's 47th annual Jazz Festival on Sunday at the school's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel.

About 2,000 jazz lovers attended the final performances of the prestigious, four-day festival which featured high school and college level jazz bands, as well as professional musicians, including a sold-out performance Friday by the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

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Bands from suburban schools that performed this year included those from Downers Grove North High School, Elmhurst College, College of DuPage and Harper College.

In addition to performances from College of DuPage and Harper bands, Sunday's final session also included musicians from Murray State University, Western Illinois University, Central Michigan University, Harold Washington College and Purdue University.

It was Western Illinois' first time appearing at the festival.

"It's a great festival, and it has always been a really positive experience," said tenor sax player Michael Kennedy of Woodridge, who performed with the Western Illinois University Combo this year, but previously played with the Roosevelt University Jazz band. "I got to make music with my best friends."

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