Chanhassen High School will host the district’s 25th Annual Community Jazz Festival on Feb. 8-9, 2019. The public is invited to attend many of the events, culminating with the Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 pm, Chanhassen High School Theatre. Tickets for Saturday night’s concert will be available at the door ($7 Students & Seniors; $10 Adults). Tickets are also available online at www.district112.booktix.com.  For more information please contact either Paul Swanson at (952) 556-3536.

Featured this year are the talents of guest performer Grace Kelly (Saxophonist and Singer). Grace will double as clinician for the events and activities. The highlight of the weekend will undoubtedly be the Jazz Festival Finale Concert Saturday evening. This culminating event will feature the student ensembles from Chaska Middle School East, Chaska Middle School West, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, as well as Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools. The most anticipated performance of the night promises to be that of the Eastern Carver County Schools (ECCS) All-Star Big Band.  It is with this powerhouse of local adult talent that the community will hear showcased the exceptional musicianship of this year’s Jazz Festival guest performer Grace Kelly.

“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room,” says, band leader Jon Batiste. Singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly’s 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.

As in previous years, the jazz festival format provides tremendous opportunities for the students of Eastern Carver County Schools. The event kicks off Friday morning with two vibrant and educational concerts for all 800+ of the district’s fifth graders, featuring favorite tunes of the Swing Era. Several middle and high school students will attend these concerts as well. The festival continues throughout the rest of the day and into Saturday, with performances by all of the district’s jazz ensembles.