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Sound Engineer Joins Jazz Spectrum

For the past 24 years, JS operated its own sound system. As sound systems became more sophisticated, it became clear a professional technician was needed. We met Dani von Helms in 2017. She was a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Theater Technologies. In between Jazz […]

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Jazz Spectrum Men Sing Four Freshmen Arrangements

In 1948, four singers from Butler University changed the landscape for vocal groups. They fashioned their harmonies after Stan Kenton’s trombone section. The melody is the top voice of the chord, not in the middle, like barbershop, while the root of the chord is played by the bass player. This frees the other voices to […]

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Kim Nazarian Coaches Jazz Spectrum

Kim Nazarian sings soprano with the internationally-renowed vocal quartet, New York Voices. She is not only a wonderful jazz vocalist but an outstanding vocal coach and clinician. On the evening of October 17, 2018, Kim came to Bob’s house for pizza and worked with Jazz Spectrum’s vocalists, three horns and the rhythm section. Bob became […]

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Bob Zaun Elected to Taft High School’s Hall of Fame

On September 18, 2016, Bob Zaun was inducted into William Howard Taft High School’s Hall of Fame (’58). This is the “second class” of this newly formed distinction. Voting was open to all alumni and retired teachers. He joins such notable Taft alumni as Jim Jacobs (’60), creator of the musical Grease, Jim Grabowski, (’62) […]

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