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Oberlin Jazz Septet Heads to the Motor City for Jazz Festival

Aug. 31, 2007

By Margaret Swendseid

One of the great jewels of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is the Oberlin Jazz Septet (OJS), which will be heading north, once again, to perform at the famed Detroit International Jazz Festival. The OJS will appear on Saturday, September 1, at 12:15 p.m. on the Here & Now Stage. The festival runs from August 31 through September 3.

Directed by Peter Dominguez, Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass, the OJS represents the most outstanding student performers, arrangers, and composers in the Jazz Studies Department. Each year, members of the jazz studies faculty nominate their best students for membership in the OJS. This year’s ensemble includes Matt Davis ’08, on trombone; Henry Heinitsh ’08, on guitar; Tim McKay ’08, on saxophone; Chris Mees ’09, on double bass; Jake Robinson ’08, on drums; Truan Savage ’08, on trumpet; and Isaac Sussman ’10, on piano.

The OJS has performed throughout the U.S. and, in addition to appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival, has been featured at the Elmhurst and Notre Dame jazz festivals; at numerous performance venues in Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver; and at Jazz Aspen Snowmass, as well as at many high schools and arts programs. Plans are currently underway for a winter term tour. Please check the OJS web site for updated information.

The Detroit International Jazz Festival, now in its 28th year, will also feature such luminaries as the Herbie Hancock Quartet, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Regina Carter, and Visiting Professor of Jazz Trumpet Marcus Belgrave. For more information, contact the Detroit International Jazz Festival at 313-879-1144 or visit

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