More than 600 students in 26 jazz ensembles from across the bi-state region will perform at the 20th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Feb. 2-3 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The ensembles will perform for three jazz experts who will give them written and recorded comments as well as a live clinic session. The bands will perform from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus.
Admission is free to this daytime event.
Bands attending include Cape Central High School, Jackson High School, St. Clair High School, North County High School, DeSoto High School, Dexter High School, Potosi High School, Perryville High School, Northwest High School, Fox High School, Carterville High School, Sikeston High School, Hillsboro High School, Seckman High School and Bismarck High School, Cape Central Junior High School, Hillsboro Junior High School, and Ridgewood Middle School.
Capping events Feb. 2, Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present its second concert of the 2017-2018 Jazz Series featuring professional jazz trombonist Andre Hayward. The annual gala concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall and will feature Hayward in performance with Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band.
Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone with whom he comes in contact. He has performed and recorded with singer/bandleader Betty Carter for five years in her acclaimed “Jazz Ahead” program. Other acclaimed performers Hayward has worked with include Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band. His most recent performance credits are The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The San Francisco Jazz Collective, and The Clayton – Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
The Southeast chapter of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity handles all of the logistics of this event, including guiding bands from warmup to performance, handling collection of adjudication data, audio recording of each ensemble, as well as setup and teardown before and after each group. This is an annual service project for this fraternity which benefits the University as well as the surrounding community.
For further information, please contact Joseph Jefferson at (573) 651-2398. Tickets for the Evening Gala Concert may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265 or by visiting http://rivercampus.org/event/clark-terry/.