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Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs March 9 at North Central College

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Saxophonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Mitch Paliga performs March 9 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Saxophonist Mitch Paliga” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Paliga will be joined onstage by other members of North Central College’s jazz faculty including vibraphonist Brad Stirtz, pianist Frank Caruso, bassist Jim Cox and drummer Jack Mouse. Paliga is an active performer, educator and composer in the Chicago area. Cadence Jazz Magazine says, “Paliga is an interesting composer but he also may be the next great voice on the soprano sax.”

He has been playing saxophone since he was in high school. He switched to soprano saxophone in college and “found that this was my voice.”

“Moving to Chicago in 1990 has offered me many opportunities and experiences,” Paliga said. He has performed with Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, actor/musician 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.

Paliga has a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Eastern New Mexico University. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. Visit to learn more.

North Central College offers undergraduate programs of study in music, jazz studies and choral and instrumental music education. Students take a combination of core music classes, private lessons, ensembles and other classes suited to their area of specialization or interest. Visit to learn more.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 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).