HUDSON — Continuing a long-standing annual tradition, the Hudson High School Jazz ensembles open the 2018 Hudson Summer Music Festival on Memorial Day with a concert of classic and contemporary jazz, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Bandstand on the Hudson Green. The concert is free and open to all.

The concert features Hudson High School Jazz I, directed by Roberto Iriarte, and Hudson Jazz II, directed by John Burrington, exploring the Latin, swing, shuffle, vocal and ballad jazz genres with music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dextor Gordan, Jean Laughlin, Matt Harris and more. Hudson Jazz vocalists Becca Savarino, Karsen Guldan and Sophia Price join the bands to perform a variety of jazz standards.

Hudson High School is known throughout the area for its excellent jazz program. The Hudson High School Jazz Ensembles consist of two traditional big bands with opportunity for small group (combo) experience. Each ensemble experiences a varied repertoire of jazz styles from 1900 to today including swing, funk, be-bop, Latin and rock. The jazz ensembles require an audition at the end of each school year for membership in the groups the following school year. Students in Hudson Jazz rehearse three to five hours each week after school and perform throughout the year at school concerts, community events, jazz clubs and jazz festivals.

During the 2017-18 school year, the Hudson Jazz bands performed at the annual Evening of Jazz benefit event, PTO Pancake Breakfast, Brothers Lounge in Lakewood and BluJazz+ in Akron. Jazz II performed a concert with Solon Jazz at Jilly’s Music Room in Akron to benefit the Akron Foodbank and traveled to Kirtland to participate in the Lakeland Jazz Festival.