The 18th annual BHS Jazz Fest will take place Tuesday, March 27 at 6:45 PM in the Boardman Performing Arts Center. The event will feature all four of Boardman’s Jazz Ensembles. Special Guest Artist this year is trumpet player extraordinaire Roger Ingram. Tickets are available at the door, $8 for Adults, $5 for Students, Seniors and Children are admitted free.
Roger Ingram is a trumpet player famous for his high notes. He began his professional career at age 16 touring with the Louis Bellson Big Band, and at 17, he was with the Quincy Jones Big Band. Other performing, touring, and recording credits include Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Chico O’Farrill, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, and Arturo Sandoval. Ingram joined the Harry Connick, Jr. Big Band and recorded 19 albums with him, including the GRAMMY Award-winning Songs I Heard. He recorded 7 albums with Wynton Marsalis.
Boardman Director of Bands Thomas Ruggieri is proud to add Roger Ingram to the list of local and famous guest artists to play with the Jazz Ensembles. Past guests include Joe Graziosi, Mike Tomaro, Bernie Dresel, Jack Schantz, Maynard Ferguson, Randy Purcell, and Phil Woods. The Jazz Program continues to collect honors and unique opportunities including opening acts for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and the Buddy Rich Big Band. Jazz 1 and 2 have played at New York City’s famous jazz club Swing 46, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and The Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and BluJazz+ in Akron.