Monthly Archives: April 2013

Niles North Presents 13th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival Featuring Just 4 Kicks

Niles North Presents 13th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival Featuring Just 4 KicksJust 4 Kicks is an amazing, wacky and virtuoso vocal quartet that will perform at the 13th Annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Niles North High School on April 27. Tickets are $15 for general seating.

(Posted By Karmal, Community Contributor / April 23, 2013) Trib. Local, Evanston & Skokie

Never say the number 13 is unlucky. For music lovers, this year marks the 13th annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Niles North High School on Saturday, April 27. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium at 9800 North Lawler, Skokie. For those lucky enough to attend the concert, this will be an evening you won’t soon forget. The opening act is Take One. The guest artist is Just 4 Kicks, an amazing, wacky and virtuoso vocal quartet that recently headlined the American Choral Directors Association Annual Conference in Dallas, TX. Just 4 Kicks is an a cappella vocal jazz quartet. That’s kind of like saying the Empire State Building is a skyscraper. It’s true, but it doesn’t begin to describe the experience of seeing and hearing this group for the first time. Tickets are $15 at the door for general seating. Tickets for students with a school ID are $10. For more information, please contact Choral Director Daniel Gregerman at (847) 626-2115.

Just 4 Kicks is a group of four uniquely talented and musically successful vocalists from the West Coast who now find themselves in demand at jazz festivals and clinics throughout the United States and Canada. With all four singers creating tight harmonies and impersonations of various instruments, this is one a cappella vocal group where the audience never misses ‘the band!’ The newest endeavor of Just 4 Kicks is “Guys Got 2 Sing,” a highly energized, daylong workshop designed to encourage and foster young men becoming involved in their school vocal program. The members of Just 4 Kicks: LA-based studio singer Randy Crenshaw, composer/arranger Dr. Kirby Shaw, Central Washington University Professor Vijay Singh and Edmonds Community College Director of Choral Activities Kirk Marcy.

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22nd Annual Vocal Jazz Night on Apr. 20

Niles North High School presents an unforgettable evening of music at the 22ndannual Vocal Jazz Night at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in the Auditorium at 9800 Lawler, Skokie. Performing at the event will be Take One, Sound Check and Harmonic Motion. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call the Box Office at (847) 626-2122. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 19.


Harmonic Motion will perform “My Favorite Things,” arranged by Mitos Andaya, “Moves,”arranged by Gary Fry, and “Nearness of You,” arranged by Kirby Shaw, to name a few. Harmonic Motion members are Maria Barrera, Nikhar Merchant, Danielle Brown, Lean Oaing, Gabrielle Dizon, Leah Shain, Kryselle Evangelista, Sarah Smith-Whitehead, Alexis Johnson, Mia Temkin, Alexis Kemp and Carissa Yau. Katherine Lachey directs the group.


Sound Check will sing “Get on Your Feet” and “When I Fall in Love,” arranged by Kirby Shaw, and “Loves Me Like a Rock,” arranged by Greg Gilpin. Sound Check performs under the direction of Logan Farris. The group includes Ena Allahverdy, Glenwin Ebreo, Jenny Boston, Michael Hennessy, Flonja Hoxha, Hugo Miranda, Elana Kennedy, Joey Oliveri, Roselie Mazor, Paul Regacho, Emma Reyes and Rose Zubeck.


Take One will perform songs such as “”Moondance,” arranged by Jeremy Fox, “Ain’t That a Kick in The Head,” arranged by Ryan O’Connell and “Knock Me a Kiss,” arranged by Steve Zegree. Take One includes Sally Alvarado, Jacob Austria, Emma Decker, Jazib Gohar, Taylor Gardner, Danny Joseph, Rebecca Pickering, Giorgos Losoff, Olivia Reyes, Matt Sund, Sophie Steger, Noah Zeidman and Julia Thummel. Take One is directed by Daniel Gregerman.


The rhythm sections are directed by Barry Grossman. Musicians for Take One include:  Jacob Nagler, bass; David Liljewall, guitar; Andrew Goldberg, drums; and Ari Bearman, piano. Musicians for Sound Check and Harmonic Motion include:  Jason Woo, piano; Joe Fochs, guitar; Josh Hoffman, guitar; Jonah Jaffe, drums and Jacob Nagler, bass.

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Daniel Gregerman featured in “Choral Director” Magazine

Read this article about our very own choral director, Dan Gregerman and how he built the Niles North choir and vocal jazz ensembles to what it is today. Great photos of Dan and the students too!

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