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Top artists featured in Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series July 16-22

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Janice Borla
Janice Borla

Jazz vocalists and recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Rosana Eckert headline the annual Hot Jazz—6 Cool Nites concert series July 16-22 at North Central College.

Performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and Monday through Thursday, July 18-21, in North Central’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets for each of the five performances are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens. The series concludes at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22 with a concert featuring student performers from Borla’s annual Vocal Jazz Camp. Tickets for this show are $10/adults and $5/students and senior citizens. For tickets, call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The concert series features eight jazz artists who also are the faculty for Borla’s 23rd annual jazz camp, a weeklong educational workshop; visit to learn more about the camp. Each evening of the series will feature a different combination of artists and musical selections.

Borla is a Blujazz recording artist who has been described as “a one-woman jazz tornado” by Jazz Times and “a stunning singer with a lustrous voice and the technique, imagination and daring of the best improvising instrumentalists” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her CD “From Every Angle” was named one of the Best CDs of the Year by DownBeat Magazine. Visit to learn more.

Clayton is another founder of the jazz camp and has worked with such jazz luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hersch, Steve Reich and the group Vocal Summit. Based in New York City, she has been described as “one of the most phenomenal vocalists in creative improvised music” by All Music Guide. Her CD, “The Peace of Wild Things,” (Sunnyside) has received wide critical praise. Visit to learn more.

Eckert joins the series this year and is a multi-faceted vocalist, pianist, composer and arranger. Her CD “Small Hotel” highlights the instrumental quality of her vocal style and ability to breathe new life into favorite standards. Eckert teaches vocal jazz at the University of North Texas and is a published vocal jazz arranger with the Hal Leonard Corp. Visit to learn more.

The vocalists are joined by trumpeter Art Davis, an assistant professor of music at Northern Illinois University and former featured soloist with the Ray Charles Orchestra; guitarist John McLean, widely considered to be among Chicago’s most accomplished and distinctive jazz guitarists; pianist Dan Haerle, a Clark Terry Group alumnus who has performed with Al Jarreau; bassist Bob Bowman, a Kansas City-based teacher and performer who has played with many jazz greats; and drummer Jack Mouse, a member of the Janice Borla Group and the Dan Haerle Trio.

Borla, Mouse and McLean are members of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty. Jazz studies is among more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central. Visit to learn more.
North Central College’s 2011-2012 Fine and Performing Arts Sesquicentennial Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Season and individual performance sponsors include USG Corporation, Navistar Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, Harris Bank, Grant Thornton, Nicor, Turner Construction, the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Ryan Hill Realty, Marquette Companies, Water Street Properties, Casa by Charleston and Hawthorne Credit Union.

These upcoming performances are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. 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).