Saint Xavier University Department of Music Jazz Combo Festival


Jazz Combo Festival

March 17, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (L-216)
Warde Academic Center
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Festival Overview

The Saint Xavier University Music Department is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual SXU Jazz Combo Festival taking place on March 17, 2018.

The daylong festival is open to all high school, middle school and community college jazz combos. Each combo performs roughly 25 minutes of music for a panel of Chicago's finest jazz educators and performers. During the day students are able to attend clinics and master classes given by members of the SXU Jazz faculty and our guest artists Kevin Kozol, Colin Scott and Mike Bruno of Spare Parts.

Although the SXU Jazz Combo Festival is a non-competitive festival, two of the festival's combos, selected by the adjudicators, are invited to perform one piece during the evening concert. All combos receive a 25-minute, one-on-one clinic with an adjudicator after the performance. The SXU Jazz Combo Festival concludes with an evening concert in McGuire Hall featuring Chicago's jazz-funk trio Spare Parts.

Featured Guest Artist

Fusing a mix of funk, rock, jazz and more, Spare Parts is a Chicago based group rapidly gaining international acclaim. They are one of the newest artist signed to Ropeadope Records based in Philadelphia. Spare Parts features Colin Scott on bass, Kevin Kozol on keys and Mike Bruna on drums. An eclectic list of influences ranging from Weather Report to The Beatles fuels the creative engine of Spare Parts, both live and in the studio.

The band's broad musical scope has landed them opening spots for acts such as George Clinton, Victor Wooten, Snoop Dogg, Wayne Krantz, Garage a Trois, Liquid Soul, Fareed Haque, Marco Benevento and more. Spare Parts has performed with artists including bassist Victor Wooten, SNL/Tower of Power saxophonist Lenny Picket, Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals, Umphrey's McGee Members, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band drummer Terrence Higgins.

Schedule of Events

More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Salmon at or call 773-298-3420.

Registration will be open soon.