JAZZ STUDENTS JAM SESSION (Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – starting at noon at Rosa Parks Circle)
Featuring The Steven Van Loozenoord Band
As the producer of GRandJazzFest, one of GR and Jazz’s goals is to increase the educational aspect of the festival – to broaden awareness of jazz as a great American art form. We want to bring jazz to new and diverse audiences and provide a platform that celebrates up-and-coming jazz talent! To that end, we’re very pleased to feature the Steven Van Loozenoord Band at GRandJazzFest 2014’s Jazz Students Jam Session!
The band includes Steven Van Loozenoord on piano, Christian VanDuinen on drums, Olin Clark on guitar and Andrew Groenleer on bass.
Steven Van Loozenoord is a senior at Indiana University, pursuing a bachelor’s of music degree in jazz piano. Van Loozenoord has a wide variety of experience, ranging from classical to gospel/R&B to jazz. He studied at the University of Michigan for two years with Dr. Louis Nagel, a recognized Bach scholar. In 2010, he won the National Fine Arts Festival, a national level gospel competition. This is Van Loozenoord’s third but final year as an undergrad at Indiana University, however, he will be also be pursuing a master’s degree in jazz studies from IU.
Christian Van Duinen is currently studying music at Grand Rapids Community College. On the side, he plays with several groups from Grand Rapids, the most prominent one being Brad Fritcher + Trois. He plans to continue playing live music but also hopes to teach private lessons and have his own private studio.
Olin Clark is currently a jazz studies guitar student at Michigan State University. He enjoys composing and arranging as well as live performance. He also has some experience teaching at the Academy of Music at String Connection in Okemos, Mich. Clark grew up in the Grand Rapids area and graduated from Comstock Park High School.
Andrew Groenleer is a sophomore at Michigan Tech and is assistant principal cello as well as librarian of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. Andrew graduated from Northview High School in 2013 and has repeatedly appeared in jazz festivals and concerts in Michigan since 2009. He currently appears in concerts across upper Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota with the Kyle Frazier Trio.