Abington Heights, Lackawanna Trail high school students participate in Keystone College Jazz Institute


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



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Lee Hoffmann practices a solo on his baritone saxophone.


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Aidan Jordan’s fingers move across the keys of his piano as he practices with the other students at the Keystone College Jazz Institute.


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Johnny Tumavitch interacts with the music.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Artistic Director Marko Marcinko sends some encouraging words a student’s way.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

The 2016 Keystone Jazz Institute faculty and students pose with their instruments as a group.


Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Scranton Jazz Festival

The 12th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5 through 7 at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. Headlining the festival is Blood Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice. The schedule is as follows.

Friday

7:30 p.m: The Tizer Trio

8:30 p.m: Alexis P. Suter Band

10 p.m: “The Jazz Walk”

Saturday

5:30 p.m: The Keystone College Jazz Institute Student Combos

6:30 p.m. Jason Miles and the Kind of New Band

7:30 p.m: The Jost Project

8:30 p.m. SJF Bg Band, featuring jazz legend Jimmy Heath

10 p.m: “The Jazz Walk”

Sunday

11:30 a.m: Jazz Brunch, Carmen’s Restaurant at the Radisson

7 p.m: Tommy Hamilton and the Work in Progress Band

8 p.m: Blood Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice

9:30 p.m: The Festival Jazz Jam - Trax Platform Lounge

Admission is $10 for Friday and $25 for Saturday or Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 570-575-5282 or visit scrantonjazzfestival.org.

LA PLUME — Area musicians of all ages came together July 25 through 29 on the campus of Keystone College for the eighth annual Jazz Institute, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance.

Aidan Jordan, an Abington Heights junior said this was his fourth year attending the week-long educational event and he believes it helped him gain confidence and become a better musician. In addition to the opportunity to learn from professionals, he said the experience gives students a chance to learn from each other.

“It’s just a lot of fun to collaborate and bring something different,” the pianist said. “Everybody has something different about them that kind of helps the music blend together.”

Johnny Tumavitch, an Abington Heights senior who also attended for the fourth year, agreed, adding he enjoys playing music with the other students, not just from Abington Heights, but from all over. The guitarist said two things he hopes to take away from the workshop and apply to his future musical endeavors are how to better improvise and how to work with a group.

“I mainly play by myself and practice very individually, and playing with other people really teaches you teamwork,” he said. “And that’s an experience not many people have, when the musicians usually just practice at their house, reading their music and studying it, but they don’t really get to hear other people play it.

“Hearing is half the learning of music – not just reading it.”

Lackawanna Trail eighth grade student Lee Hoffman, a baritone saxophone player, attended his second year at the institute. He touched on this aspect of teamwork among the musicians as well.

“I learned how to listen to other people around me and cooperate just by looking and learning how to play cooperatively,” he said.

The students will have the opportunity to put all they learned into practice in front of a live audience at the Scranton Jazz Festival, scheduled for Aug. 5 through 7 at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. The group will perform at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

Tickets and more information about the festival can be obtained by calling 570-575-5282 or online at scrantonjazzfestival.org.

The Jazz Institute faculty is comprised of well-known jazz musicians from throughout the region, including Marko Marcinko, artistic director, drums and piano; Dave Jumper, brass; Tom Hamilton, saxophone; Tony Marino, bass; Bill Washer, guitar, and Dave Mirarchi, assistant instructor.

Lee Hoffmann practices a solo on his baritone saxophone.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Jazz-1-3.jpgLee Hoffmann practices a solo on his baritone saxophone. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Aidan Jordan’s fingers move across the keys of his piano as he practices with the other students at the Keystone College Jazz Institute.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Jazz-2-3.jpgAidan Jordan’s fingers move across the keys of his piano as he practices with the other students at the Keystone College Jazz Institute. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Johnny Tumavitch interacts with the music.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Jazz-3-3.jpgJohnny Tumavitch interacts with the music. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

Artistic Director Marko Marcinko sends some encouraging words a student’s way.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Jazz-4-3.jpgArtistic Director Marko Marcinko sends some encouraging words a student’s way. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

The 2016 Keystone Jazz Institute faculty and students pose with their instruments as a group.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Jazz-5-3.jpgThe 2016 Keystone Jazz Institute faculty and students pose with their instruments as a group. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Scranton Jazz Festival

The 12th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5 through 7 at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. Headlining the festival is Blood Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice. The schedule is as follows.

Friday

7:30 p.m: The Tizer Trio

8:30 p.m: Alexis P. Suter Band

10 p.m: “The Jazz Walk”

Saturday

5:30 p.m: The Keystone College Jazz Institute Student Combos

6:30 p.m. Jason Miles and the Kind of New Band

7:30 p.m: The Jost Project

8:30 p.m. SJF Bg Band, featuring jazz legend Jimmy Heath

10 p.m: “The Jazz Walk”

Sunday

11:30 a.m: Jazz Brunch, Carmen’s Restaurant at the Radisson

7 p.m: Tommy Hamilton and the Work in Progress Band

8 p.m: Blood Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice

9:30 p.m: The Festival Jazz Jam – Trax Platform Lounge

Admission is $10 for Friday and $25 for Saturday or Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 570-575-5282 or visit scrantonjazzfestival.org.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.


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