Jazz Festival to Attract 400-Plus High School, Middle School Students

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 26, 2009 – The 11th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be held on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University Feb. 13-14.  More than 400 students from across Missouri will perform for four experts in the field of jazz, receive written and taped comments as well as a short critique session at the end of their concert.

The bands can be heard on Friday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon in Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Admission is free to this daytime event.

Bands attending include Cape Central High School, Seckman High School, Farmington High School, North County High School, Jackson High School, Charleston High School, Herculaneum High School, Rockwood Summit High School, as well as junior high bands from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Arnold.

Clinicians for this acclaimed event will be world-renowned guitarist Wayne Goins.  He is the associate professor and director of jazz studies at Kansas State University, and has recorded five jazz albums on Little Apple Records: “Home Cookin’,” “Bluesin’ With the B3,” “Standard Fare,” “Smokin’ at the Oak Bar” and “West Coast Swing.”  The fabulous trumpeter, Jim Manley, is based in St. Louis, Mo. and is an explosive trumpet player who has branched out as a bandleader, clinician, as well as a composer/arranger. 

Manley maintains a busy playing schedule with nearly 4500 engagements in the last fifteen years.   His music has traveled the world via his four critically acclaimed recordings: “Some Assembly Required,” “Lip Trip,” “Horns in the House” and “Christmas Unwrapped.” 

Coupled with this festival will be the annual gala concert on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. featuring our two clinicians in performance with the Southeast Jazz Ensembles from Southeast Missouri State University. For further information, please contact Robert Conger, associate professor of music, at (573) 651-2398.