50th annual Collegiate Jazz Festival to begin Feb. 22

Author: Julie Hail Flory


The University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival will return for its 50th year Feb. 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday), featuring 11 collegiate bands competing before a panel of distinguished judges.

Jazz bands performing in this year’s festival represent Notre Dame, Alma College, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Millikin University, Pennsylvania State University, Roosevelt University, Texas State University at San Marcos, the University of Illinois, the University of Texas at Brownsville, and Western Michigan University.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Student Union Board, the festival will feature three public sessions in Washington Hall from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22 and from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23. Admission is free for Notre Dame and Saint Marys College students, but tickets are required. The cost for all others is $5 for one session, $9 for two and $12 for all three. Tickets are available in advance at the LaFortune Student Center box office or by calling 574-631-8128.

This years festival also will include a special performance by the African American Jazz Caucus/Historically Black Colleges and Universities (AAJC/HBCU) Student All-Star Big Band at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Notre Dame Downtown, 217 S. Michigan St., South Bend. The concert is free and open to the public. The group also will perform during the Feb. 22 session of the festival.

The distinguished panel of judges for the festival includes saxophonist Jamey Aebersold, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, pianist Jim McNeely, writer and historian Dan Morgenstern, bassist Larry Ridley, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, and drummer Clif Wallace, all of whom will participate in a judges clinic Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Ricci Band Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The Collegiate Jazz Festival is not a competition, but rather is focused on education. The judges will select outstanding musicians from each group, and will provide feedback for each band immediately after it performs.

More information is available at http://www3.nd.edu/~sub/cjf/ on the Web.

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