High-school ensembles will steal the show at the JGB Syracuse Jazz Festival

Other scholastic acts making jazz fest appearances on June 27 will be the Henninger High School Jazz Ensemble, the Liverpool High School Jazz Ensemble, and the YCCA Jazz Ensemble. In addition, the Paul V. Moore High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Oswego High School Jazz Ensemble will perform on the festival's main stage at 3 and 4 p.m., respectively, on the festival's opening day.

On Saturday June 28, another memorable performance will take place at 4 p.m. when the Manlius Pebble Hill Jazz Combo, under the direction of Joe Colombo, plays the National Grid Stage. The MPH group includes two recent winners of Down Beat magazine's student music awards, keyboardist Noah Kellman and trumpeter Nick Frenay.

Also on June 28, JGB Jazz Fest presents the C.W. Baker High School's "Silk & Satin" Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Christian Brothers Academy Jazz Ensemble, the Marcellus High School Jazz Ensemble, the Solvay High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the West Genesee High School Jazz Band on the scholastic stage, while the Skaneateles Middle School Jazz Ensemble and the Corcoran High School Jazz Ensemble play on the main stage at 1 and 2 p.m.

Nine-year-old drummer!

One of the swinging-est youth bands, the YMCA Center for Creative Arts Jazz Ensemble of Rome, N.Y., will perform at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, June 27, on the scholastic stage. The big band's 2007 CD, Mission Driven, was nominated as best jazz recording for the 2008 Syracuse Area Music Awards.

At the festival, the YCCA outfit will feature its 9-year-old drummer, Scottie Madonia, baritone saxophonist Kenneth Cobble, tenor saxman Tim Grossman, alto saxist Andrew Michik, and lead trumpeter Mark Tardugno. They'll play Neil Hefti's "Cute," featuring tap-dancer Sean Jackson, Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a La Turk" and the Basie Band classic "Jamie," among others.

The student performances will be adjudicated by Syracuse University jazz educators John Coggiola, Josh Dekaney, Bill DiCosimo and Joe Riposo. Each participating school music program will receive a $500 cash grant from Syracuse Jazz Fest.

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