2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20
Justin Kisor Jazz Quartet


The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present the Justin Kisor Jazz Quartet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Widely known in Siouxland, jazz trumpeter Justin Kisor is a Julliard School graduate who’s performed with a range of greats, including Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Kisor won a spot in the U.S. Navy’s premier jazz band, The Commodores.

The Sloan, Iowa, native’s professional life began at 14 when he started playing professionally with Siouxland big bands. At 18, he was one of five young musicians to receive the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship. That same year he was selected as a member of the All-American high school Grammy Jazz Band.

In 1997, the North High School graduate moved to New York City to attend the New School of Music where he met drummer Charlie Persip and began playing with Persip’s big band. It was during this time Kisor played with Marsalis, Gordon, singer-songwriter Norah Jones and other greats at New York jazz clubs.

Kisor also provided music for the contemporary dance company “Complexions,” taking part in multiple tours in Europe, the Canary Islands and the United States.