“Girl, you can sing!”
Yve Evans, professional jazz vocalist and featured artist at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, took time before her upcoming performance to congratulate The NNU Jazz Revival on the music she had just heard tumbling through the Grand Lobby of the famous Sun Valley Lodge. Evans held the gaze of NNU music education major Emily Ellis and told her, “You’ve got the whole package, girl!”
With her NNU classmates around her, the encouragement was electric. Emily thanked Evans for the compliment, and tried to share the acclaim with the seven instrumentalists in the jazz combo, but they were conversing with other jazz fans wanting to thank them for the recent performance. She looked around for Dr. Casey Christopher, the faculty director of the NNU Jazz Revival, but he had not yet caught up to the rest of the group.
A few minutes later, Dr. Christopher emerged from the room that was now filling up with enthusiasts for the festival’s next performance. He complimented the waiting students on their hard-earned success, and delivered the news that he had received a handful of new invitations for NNU Jazz Revival performances in the weeks and months ahead – from venues in Sun Valley, in McCall, and at home in Nampa.
Before the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree was over and the jazz students were back on campus in their classes, the Revival had received requests for multiple encore performances at the festival. The excitement, encouragement, and experience of this jazz festival were priceless for the NNU Jazz students, both personally and educationally.