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“Master,” “consummate jazz guitarist” Jim Kanas to perform at Benedictine

March 6, 2012

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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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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