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Jazz guitarist Jerry Hahn performs Sept. 24 at North Central College

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

July 22, 2010—North Central College presents jazz guitar icon Jerry Hahn in concert Sept. 24 in the acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

Hahn will perform with drummer Jack Mouse, coordinator of Jazz Studies at North Central College, and acclaimed jazz bassist Bob Bowman. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, in North Central's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $25 and $15; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Hahn has long been recognized as one of jazz’s most influential modern guitarists. Born in Nebraska and raised in Kansas, he became a major name in the 1960s and 1970s for his significant contribution to the then-emerging jazz fusion movement.

Named one of the “trailblazers of rock-jazz integration” by jazz journalist Joachim Berendt, Hahn has performed, toured and recorded with Gary Burton, Roy Haynes, Steve Swallow, Jack DeJohnette, John Handy, Bennie Wallace and Ginger Baker.  He has performed across the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan, and recorded several albums for Columbia Records, including the critically acclaimed “Live in Monterey.” His playing is featured on the soundtrack of the film “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Hahn holds a doctor of music degree from Berean Christian College in Long Beach, Calif. He established the jazz guitar curriculum at Wichita State and Portland State universities and has taught at the Colorado Institute of Art. A longstanding columnist for Guitar Player magazine, he authored the “Complete Jerry Hahn Method for Jazz Guitar” for Mel Bay Publications.

An innovative  and dedicated musician, Hahn is a favorite of a younger generation of guitarists, including Bill Frisell, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny, all of whom have acknowledged his influence.  

The trio will present a music clinic at 3:30 p.m. the day of the performance, Sept. 24, in the concert hall. The clinic is open to the public; tickets are $5.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).