New Trier swings into the holidays with all-star jazz show on Dec. 12

Winnetka, Ill. - Following in the footsteps of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Vince Guaraldi - credited with some of the best holiday albums of all time - Philadelphia-based saxophone star Tim Warfield and his acclaimed band will kick off the holiday season with a concert Monday, Dec. 12, at New Trier High School.

Warfield's "All-Star Jazzy Christmas" show caps off an exciting day for New Trier jazz students at 7:30 p.m. in the Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Road, Northfield. The festive set will draw from Warfield and company's 2012 album, showcased by the New York Times gift guide as a "prime straight-ahead jazz Christmas record" and one of the year's holiday best.

Catching a band of this caliber at the Cornog Auditorium is a rare treat, New Trier Jazz Director Nic Meyer said.

"Typically you'd find this level of ensemble only at a venue like Orchestra Hall," Meyer said. "This is the first time in recent memory that we've presented a jazz concert at Cornog, and I think people will really enjoy how it transforms into an intimate concert hall for the evening."

All four of the school's jazz ensembles will also work with these sought-after pros in a clinic session at the concert venue before the show.

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is an especially gifted teacher, Meyer said. Called on regularly for workshops and master classes across the U.S. and internationally, Harris pairs lightning-fast technique with a rare ability to connect musical decision-making to emotional intent.

Tickets for Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Purchase online now at www.ntjazz.com or at the door.

For more information, contact Nic Meyer at meyern@nths.net.