Fifth annual Jazz Festival

April 24, 2014

Harper College’s fifth annual Jazz Festival will feature Jeff Hedberg & C11, a 12-piece Chicago-based jazz ensemble under the direction of Jeff Hedberg, Harper faculty member and renowned Chicago jazz vocalist, trumpet player and educator.

The band's performance will feature music from the group's two critically acclaimed CDs, “Too Darn Hot” and “Nice Work ... If You Can Get It,” which highlight music originally recorded in the ‘50s and ‘60s by Mel Tormé and Art Pepper.

Hedberg said his band focuses almost exclusively on the new legendary “dek-tette” sessions arranged by the late West Coast composer Marty Paich – music that will provide the focus of this year’s Jazz Festival.

“We want to expose the audience to the highly accessible and entertaining writing style of Mary Paich,” Hedberg said. “I hope everyone walks away with a greater awareness and appreciation of this classic jazz composer.”

Hedberg, who teaches vocal jazz and trumpet at Harper, is one of five members of C11 who teach music at the College.

The Jazz Festival takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Performing Arts Center of the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $10; children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact the Box Office at 847.925.6100 or

The evening is sponsored by WDCB Public Radio 90.9 FM.

Press contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159.