The Knox Jazz Year presents the 7th Annual Jerome Mirza Residency featuring The Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield Quartet Friday, November 8th at the Orpheum Theatre.
“Caroline Davis is an alto saxophone player,” said Andrew Crawford, Music Administrator and Managing Director of Jazz at Knox College. “She, I think, two years ago was voted the number one alto saxophonist by the Jazz Journalist Association. Rob Clearfield is a real prolific pianist and composer that lives in Paris. They’re in their thirties and they’re really in the prime of their career doing it. It’s progressive music. It’s jazz, but it’s creative, improvised music and it’s really, really pretty cool what they’re doing.” The residency is designed to benefit Knox students, jazz practitioners, and audiences of jazz lovers from the Galesburg and surrounding communities by bringing world-renowned jazz artists to campus for a week of intensive and collaborative jazz activities. The Jerome Mirza Foundation supports programs in education and the arts and was created by a bequest from Jerome Mirza, an attorney who served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Mirza’s daughter, Candace Mirza of Wilmette, Illinois, is a 1981 Knox graduate. Friday’s 7:00 pm show at the Orpheum is free and open to the public.