MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival coming in April

The 2022 MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival takes place on the MTSU campus on April 2 for high school students and the general public.

Festival honors legacy of tenor saxophonist/bandleader Illinois jacket, who came to prominence in the 1940s with the big bands of Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. To learn more about the Illinois Jacquet Foundation, visit https://illinoisjacquetfoundation.org/.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.

For a $20 registration fee, students have access to all educational activities, including MTSU Student Performances, Student Jam Session, Guest Clinics, and the 5:30 p.m. Signature Concert featuring the winner of a Grammy. jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch. All events at Hinton Hall can be viewed online via the MTSU School of Music YouTube Live Stream at www.mtsu.edu/musiclivestream . The festival is packed with outstanding educational components, including:

  • Saturday 3:30 p.m. clinic invited by Downbeat magazines and grammys premium trumpeter Brian Lynch. Alumnus of the bands of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Eddie Palmieri, Brian will discuss his career as a jazz musician, composer, educator, provide insight into the trumpet and details on jazz improvisation. Mr. Lynch’s appearance is partially funded by a Distinguished Lecturer’s Fellowship from MTSU.

  • Saturday 5:30 p.m. Celebration Concert featuring MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, Grammy premium trumpeter Brian Lynch. Tickets for the night concert are provided for students and families of students, general public tickets are $10.

  • Saturday morning: MTSU combo performances for a highly respected jazz pianist, educator-referee, Bobbin Pat and faculty clinicians in a non-competitive format.

  • Saturday 10 a.m. jam session for visiting students and MTSU students led by MTSU students and faculty.

  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. MTSU Jazz Ensemble II performance, directed by Don Aliquo.

  • 2:15 p.m. Faculty Clinic the art of jazz in a small group speak MTSU Faculty Quintet, Brian Mueller (drums), Jonathan Wires (bass), Matt Endahl (piano), Jamey Simmons (trumpet) and Don Aliquo (saxophone). Topics include soloist/rhythm section interaction, jazz styles, song form, basic arrangement and musicality.

Registration for the festival is done on https://www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzfest.php. For more information, contact Jamey Simmons, [email protected] Registration for the event will be open until Thursday, March 31st.