Saint Xavier University Music Department Jazz Combo Festival


Jazz Combo Festival

Saturday, March 17, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (L-216)
Warde Academic Center
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Festival Overview

The Saint Xavier University Music Department is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual SXU Jazz Combo Festival taking place on March 17, 2018.

The daylong festival is open to all high school, middle school and community college jazz combos. Each combo performs roughly 25 minutes of music for a panel of Chicago's finest jazz educators and performers. During the day students are able to attend clinics and master classes given by members of the SXU Jazz faculty and our guest artists Kevin Kozol, Colin Scott and Mike Bruno of Spare Parts.

Although the SXU Jazz Combo Festival is a non-competitive festival, two of the festival's combos, selected by the adjudicators, are invited to perform one piece during the evening concert. All combos receive a 25-minute, one-on-one clinic with an adjudicator after the performance. The SXU Jazz Combo Festival concludes with an evening concert in McGuire Hall featuring Chicago's jazz-funk trio Spare Parts.

Schedule of Events

Featured Guest Artist

Spare PartsSpare Parts is jazz-fusion trio based in Chicago, IL and is made up of Kevin Kozol (Piano/Keys), Colin Scott (Bass) and Mike Bruno (Drums). The trio is currently signed with Ropeadope Records and just released their sixth full length album featuring the great Fareed Haque, Bill Dickens and Rajiv Halim. Spare Parts has performed at major festivals and venues both nationally and internationally, including Peru Jazz Festival to Chi-Town Jazz Festival and has shared the stage with musicians such as Victor Wooten, Stephen Perkins/Banyan, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Nate Wood, Chester Thompson Trio, Alan Evans Trio, Stanton Moore, George Clinton, The Wailers, JFJO, Lenny Pickett, Fareed Haque, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Marco Benevento, Garage a Trois, Ray White, Melvin Seals, Jazz Mandolin Project.

Below are some reviews about Spare Parts.

"I'm always looking for the new and unique and quite often I look to the Chicago scene where there's always something interesting to be found. From that fertile ground comes BRIGHT MINOR from one of my favorite Chicago groups these days, SPARE PARTS. These guys squeeze more out of keyboards, bass and drums than any trio you'll find anywhere!" - Russ Davis, Modern Jazz Radio (MOJA)

"Music like that of Spare Parts used to be part of the pop landscape and their new tunes are so user friendly, it's time to reintroduce you to the whole jazz-fusion thing as done up right by this Chicago trio." -Richard Milne, host Local Anesthetic 93.1 WXRT Chicago

"These three can lay down some serious funk, whether it be the kind meant to get you on the dance floor, or the kind that makes you tap your foot while your mouth is left gaping. Clearly, a band that can lay down the funk for seventy minutes with nary a dull spot in the mix is doing something right. Very right." - Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Visit to read more about this powerhouse trio.

More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Salmon at or call 773-298-3420.

Combo size may be between 4 to 12 instruments. Guitar ensembles, "non-traditional" jazz instrumentations, and vocalists are welcome.