North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mitch Paliga

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga is an active performer, educator and composer in the Chicago area. He has performed with Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, actor Gary Sinise, Damon Short, Jo Ann Daugherty, Fred Simon Deanna Witkowski, John Elmquist's "Hard Art Groop" and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He is also a member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective.

Mitch has a master's degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in music from Eastern New Mexico University. In 1993, he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for individual jazz study with master jazz musician David Liebman. In 2002 Mitch received a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. Mitch has just released his first album as a leader, Blythe Moments, available through www.cdbaby.com.