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New York Voices to perform at vocal jazz festival

By Alisha Wright
On February 10, 2014


Kirkwood Community College will host its annual vocal jazz festival on Feb. 27. Ray Salucka, director of vocal jazz and adjunct professor, said he started the festival when he came to Kirkwood in 1999.

According to Salucka, the New York Voices, a multiple Grammy award winning vocal group, will perform at the jazz festival. The performance will take at place 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Ballantyne Auditorium. Salucka said the group has performed at Kirkwood once before but the performance had to be rescheduled due to weather. Salucka said even with the performance being rescheduled, the auditorium was still almost full. "Working with them last year was just incredible," Salucka commented.

Salucka mentioned that Kirkwood students in the college's two vocal jazz groups, RSVP and Jazz Transit, will do a workshop with the New York Voices the day before the jazz festival. Salucka said, "The wonderful thing about the New York Voices is that they are not only absolutely world-class musicians but they are very, very engaging. They are very approachable, they're what I would call more like normal people; they like working with students." He added, "I'm looking forward to the students having a great experience."

According to Salucka tickets to the jazz festival can be pre-ordered through Kirkwood. Salucka said more than 130 tickets have already been sold. 

 "I would love to see the Kirkwood students there, it's a great opportunity." Salucka said.

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