Barbara Resch, D.M.E.
Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Office: Rhinehart Music Center
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
The jazz combo Postmodern Prohibition was invited to perform at the New York City Jazz Festival held April 18-21. Sponsored by Sweetwater Sound, which helped finance the trip, the group (also known as the Sweetwater Jazz Project) includes two IPFW music majors, sophomores Evan Gidley on sax and Travis Lyons on guitar, and two high school seniors, Leland Nelson on bass from Canterbury High School and Sean Christian Parr on drum set from Carroll High School.
Postmodern was one of only ten groups selected to play at the festival. Other festival performers included four big bands from high schools and a middle school from California, Florida, New Jersey and Canada, along with five vocal jazz ensembles from high schools and a small university. They performed in the Allen Room located in Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on the fifth floor of the Time Warner building, overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park.
“The entire experience was very memorable,” reflected Gidley, “and it was a ton of fun to finally go after all of the hours spent playing gigs around town to make the money we needed to pay our portion of the trip.”
Other highlights of their trip included listening to live jazz at Birdland and the Jazz Standard jazz club, participating in a clinic by a local jazz pianist David Berkham and attending a Q&A session with John Fedchock, a trombonist from NYC, and Janis Siegal, one of the members of the renowned vocal jazz group, the Manhattan Transfer. The festival concluded with a concert featuring Fedchock’s big band and Siegal singing with members of the vocal jazz ensembles, followed by a midnight cruise on the New York Harbor for the festival’s participants.