Lisle, Illinois ~ The Chicago Tribune called him "…a master…" Bluegrass Now called him "…a consummate veteran jazz guitarist."
Jim Kanas is an award-winning American folk musician and jazz guitarist from Northern Illinois who has studied and played with such notable performers as Pat Metheny, George Benson, Gary Burton, Stan Kenton, Steve Goodman, Corky Siegel, the Nashville Cats, Alison Krauss, Harvey Reid, Jethro Burns and others.
Kanas is Benedictine University's artist-in-residence during the Spring 2012 semester and will perform live at the Coal Ben on the Benedictine University campus at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. The performance is free and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Benedictine.
"Jim Kanas is the perfect performer to promote arts and culture on campus and in the community because his music crosses over so many genres and will appeal to people of different ages," said Olga D. Lambert, Ed.D., assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literature and member of the Artist-in-Residence committee.
"In the weeks following the concert, he will also be offering classes for those who are interested in learning to create music. No previous musical training or experience is necessary."
In addition to performing, Kanas is a producer with the Illinois Arts Council's Arts Tour program who has conducted numerous school music residencies for more than 20 years. His "American Folk Music" programs trace the development of American music from its ethnic roots and incorporate a large assortment of conventional, homemade and world instruments.
Kanas has been featured on the WTTW-Channel 11 program, "Arts Across Illinois." He has performed at colleges, festivals and broadcast medium throughout Illinois. He performs and records regularly as a soloist (singer/multi-instrumentalist), with the Jim Kanas Trio (folk/bluegrass/western swing) and with the Jim Kanas Jazz Quartet.
Benedictine University's Artist-in-Residence program, established by the College of Liberal Arts during the 2005-2006 academic year, seeks to draw innovative artists to campus to serve and enrich the experience of the entire University community.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.