||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
JazzFest Set For|
MAILED: March 15, 1999|
In its 32nd go-around, one might think JazzFest would be old news by now. Not so.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's annual JazzFest is among the nation's largest and longest-running jazz festivals, still going strong after more than three decades. This year's featured artists include Slide Hampton, Ed Calle, The Noteables-U.S. Air Force Jazz Ensemble and Departure Point.
The Noteables will kick off the festival at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in Zorn Arena. This U.S. Air Force jazz ensemble, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., has appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, and former "Tonight Show" band leader, Doc Severinsen.
The festival continues March 26 with College Day, a day when participants have critiqued performances, participate in clinics, attend master classes with the guest artists and attend a noon concert in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center with The Noteables. Participants also can attend the 7:30 p.m. concert in Zorn Arena, which will feature UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, Honor College Big Band and Combo, performers who will compete during the day to participate in the concert, and guest artists Slide Hampton and Ed Calle. A pre-concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the Roy Henline Big Band.
Hampton is a trombonist who has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Art Farmer, Kenny Clarke and Dexter Gordon. Calle plays tenor saxophone and has toured with Arturo Sandoval, Bob James, Gloria Estefan and the Manhattan Transfer.
After four years of being involved in the festival, senior Brandon Schoonmaker, Ft. Wayne, Ind., is the head coordinator for the 1999 JazzFest.
"Everyone who participates in the festival learns a great deal about how to perform jazz, either by listening to clinicians and adjudicators or by seeing the guest artists perform," Schoonmaker said. "JazzFest allows us to celebrate this uniquely American art form called jazz."
March 27 will be Junior High/High School Day, a day when high school participants will follow the same schedule as was offered during College Day. Also on Junior High/High School Day, Departure Point, a Twin Cities-based sextet, will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. At 7 p.m., the Honor High School Big Bands and Combos will perform in Zorn Arena. The junior high students will have a shorter day, with critiqued performances, a guest artist clinic and a noon concert with UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble II.
"JazzFest also gives hundreds of high school students the chance to experience a little bit of the university and our music department," Schoonmaker said.
Events during the day are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are available at the University Service Center of Davies Center, (715) 836-3727. Tickets are $10 for adults or $8 for students, seniors and UW-Eau Claire ID holders.
For more information, contact JazzFest headquarters at (715) 836-4092.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 15, 1999