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Le Moyne College Hosts Vocal Jazz Festival

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College hosts a college vocal jazz festival on Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by the Le Moyne College Jazzuits, Ithaca College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Syracuse University’s Windjammer. Following performances by all three ensembles, the groups will combine to perform “Summertime,” arranged by Le Moyne College Jazzuits director Carol Jacobe.


The Ithaca College Vocal Jazz Ensemble was founded over 30 years ago by Professor Dave Riley. The group plays an active role in jazz education by promoting the study of jazz singing through performances and workshops both on-campus and in the community. Notable alumni of the group include members of the acclaimed jazz vocal group New York Voices.


Their director, Cookie Coogan, is an active CNY jazz vocalist/pianist and educator. She has directed the Ithaca College Vocal Jazz Ensemble since 1998. She performs frequently in many diverse settings including guest performances with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, The Salt City Jazz Collective, the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, the Gap Mangione bands, and the Voices Multicultural Chorus.


Windjammer, under the direction of Bill DiCosimo, is Syracuse University's premier vocal jazz ensemble. The group has been performing at concerts, fundraisers and festivals in the upstate New York area for a number of years. They perform jazz standards in a number of styles from swing to bop, Latin and jazz-rock.


Bill DiCosimo is currently chair of the music industry program at the Setnor School of Music, College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse University. DiCosimo earned his bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and master's degree from the University of Southern California. He is a published composer with UNC Jazz Press and Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), a member of ASCAP, IAJE clinician, scholastic adjudicator and SAMMY award-winning performer. He heads his own jazz quartet, The Bill DiCosimo Quartet, whose first CD release, "Grab Hold of Your Dreams” (July 2006), is receiving airplay on over 70 international jazz, Latino and blues radio stations. DiCosimo is also the keyboard player for the Latin rock group, Grupo Pagan, whose CD

“Save the World,” produced by renowned YellowJackets bass player, Jimmy Haslip, will be released on April 28, 2007. Bill is also an ASCAPlus award recipient 2005, 2006 & 2007.


Le Moyne College's Jazzuits began in January 2004 and has continued to grow as one of the choral ensembles at Le Moyne. The ensemble is made up of vocalists and a student rhythm section of drums, piano and bass.  The ensemble performs at numerous campus and community events and had the honor of performing at the New York State Music Educators Conference.  Dr. Jerry Exline, adjunct professor at Le Moyne College, accompanies the group on piano.


Their director, Carol Jacobe, is a graduate of  Syracuse University and has been a music educator for 37 years.   Her collaboration with many prominent jazz educators during her high school teaching career has enhanced her expertise, resulting in accolades in competitions in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States.  In 2005 Jacobe received the Outstanding Choral  Director award from  Civic  Morning  Musicals,  the  Outstanding Vocal Music Educator from the Syracuse Symphony, and Outstanding Jazz Educator from the Syracuse Jazz Fest. Jacobe teaches vocal studies at Le Moyne.  Currently she is the chairperson for the NYS American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards. Jacobe also conducts numerous All-County Choirs and Jazz Ensembles throughout New York state.


The event is free and open to the public.



posted on: 4/14/2009