A two-day Jazz Organ Summit hosted by Hope College on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, will provide an opportunity for musicians and music enthusiasts not only to hear multiple performances but also learn from renowned artists through clinics and workshops.
The summit will feature concerts and clinics led by two organ trios, the Tony Monaco Trio and organissimo, as well as vintage-organ expert Lonnie Smith, a screening of the film “Killer B3 Uncut” by director Murv Seymour, and a wrap-up concert by the Hope College Faculty Jazz Group and reception in conjunction with the iRock Jazz Festival.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone and everyone interested in the art of jazz organ and the organ trio,” said Brian Coyle, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Hope. “It’s also a great opportunity to feature world-renowned jazz organist and Hope College jazz faculty member Tony Monaco.”
The events will open on Friday, Sept. 9, with registration starting at 3 p.m., and will continue Friday afternoon and evening as well as throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 10. Most of the activities will be for those who have registered for the summit, although the event’s three concerts are open to the public.
Following registration, the events for summit attendees will begin with a clinic by organissimo, with a reception following that will feature the members of both organissimo and the Tony Monaco Trio as well as Seymour and Smith. Sessions on Saturday, Sept. 10, will include multiple clinics with the Tony Monaco Trio; the workshop “The Care and Keeping of Your Vintage Instrument” by Smith; and the screening of “Killer B3 Uncut” by Seymour.
organissimo will present the two-day summit’s first concert on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. at Big E’s Sports Grill at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Holland. Admission to the concert is free.
The Tony Monaco Trio, including Monaco, guitarist Chuck Loeb and drummer Harvey Mason, will present the event’s second concert on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. Tickets for that performance are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children.
In the third concert, the Hope College Jazz faculty will perform with artists from the clinic at Window on the Waterfront on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. That concert is free and open to the public. That concert is being presented in partnership with the iRock Jazz Festival occurring throughout the day on Sept. 10.
Registration for the Jazz Organ Summit is $95 for an all-inclusive pass to clinics and performances and invitation to the opening-night artist reception; $75 for an all-inclusive pass to clinics and performances; and $25 to an all-inclusive student pass to clinics and performances.
Registration and tickets are available online as well as at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets. The Big E. Sports Grill is on the main level of the Marriott Hotel located at 121 E. Eighth St. between College and Columbia avenues. The Window on the Waterfront is located at 95 College Ave. two blocks north of downtown Holland.