BATAVIA – A jazzy start to the weekend is in store when the Jeff Hedberg Trio performs March 22 in Water Street Studios’ Live Art Series in Batavia.
Hedberg is a Chicago-based, jazz vocalist, flugelhorn/trumpet player, band leader and educator. He teaches at Harper College in Palatine, working with vocal jazz and trumpet students. Noted jazz critic Neil Tesser compares Hedberg’s voice to Mel Tormé, referring to the late performer at his peak as the most artistically accomplished male jazz singer in history.
Hedberg’s musical training includes a Master of Music degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in music education from Elmhurst College. Through his schooling and his own pursuits, he has studied with Doug Beach, Mark Colby, Jackie Allen, Brenda Lualdi, Bob Rummage, Rob Parton and Mike Kocour. Hedberg has performed with jazz luminaries such as Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Mike Abene, Orbert Davis, New York Voices, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Frank Mantooth, Kevin Mahogany, Maria Schneider and Clark Terry.
The Live Art Series evening opens at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at shawurl.com/3ayv. Seating is limited to 70. Tickets cost $7.50 online in advance, or $10 at the door. All proceeds go to support the continuation of arts programming at Water Street Studios, a nonprofit art center.
A cash bar will offer beverages provided by Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. Event sponsors include the Batavia Arts Council, K.Hollis Jewelers and Batavia Enterprises.
WDCB, “Chicago’s Home for Jazz,” is a listener-supported, public radio station that broadcasts from the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. It serves the region with jazz, blues, news and arts programming. WDCB can be heard at 90.9FM and via streaming worldwide at wdcb.org.
The Live Art Series is a monthly live art performance exploring a variety of genres including music, film, dance, storytelling and others. It is organized by Water Street Studios, and supports the center. People who are interested in performing for the Live Art Series can apply online at waterstreetstudios.org/live-art-series-artist-application.
Water Street Studios is at 160 S. Water St. More information is offered at 630-761-9977 and waterstreetstudios.org.