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Clinic kicks off J&B Fest

Monday, January 10, 2011

Jim Oatts of the Jim Oatts Quintet of Des Moines is pictured giving some tips to several aspiring Jazz musicians from Cherokee Washington High School during the 2011 Jazz Clinic held at the Cherokee Middle School on Friday Jan. 7. The Jazz Clinic is part of the annual Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival. See more photos in the 2011 Jazz Fest Gallery. Photo by Mike Leckband
The 2011 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival kicked 0ff on Friday, Jan. 7 with the annual Jazz Clinic for area Middle School and High School Jazz Bands.

Veteran jazz trumpeter Jim Oatts of Des Moines and the other members of the Jim Oatts Quintet worked with jazz students and instructors from Cherokee Washington High School, Kingsley-Pierson, Sioux City West and Cherokee Middle School.

Plus, a special Drum Clinic was held also on Friday that featured African drumming taught by Joey Gulizia. Gulizia is a member of the Northwest Iowa Musicians of Sioux City.

Gulizia is a professional musician who has been performing since childhood. By the age of 10, he was drumming regularly with his father Joe Gulizia Sr. and brother Tony. Both of the Gulizia brothers have made music a lifelong occupation. Gulizia and the Northwest Iowa Musicians performed at the Copper Cup on Friday evening as part of the 2011 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival.

The event, one of the educational highlights of Cherokee's annual Jazz & Blues event, is usually held during the Jazz and Blues Festival, but had to be delayed at other times in recent years due to scheduling problems. Nevertheless, thanks to Oatts and his band members, it was again a highlight for several area music students and their directors.

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