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The 2021 Eau Claire Jazz Festival

The 55th Festival

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is a regional music festival, dedicated to educating, entertaining and promoting jazz. This two-day event features competitions among musicians of all ages and performances by a wide range of guest artists. Through a partnership between Eau Claire Jazz Inc. and UW-Eau Claire, our community gets treated to unique jazz music and culture. Come join us in 2021!

About the Festival 

For the past 54 years, the UWEC Jazz Festival has maintained a standard of excellence in jazz education and performance. This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction as one of the oldest and largest events by providing local, national and international artists the opportunity to showcase their creative work and by highlighting the enduring elements and important directions in this distinctly American music.

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is a regional music festival, dedicated to educating, entertaining and promoting jazz.

Since 1967, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival has maintained a standard of excellence in jazz education and performance. This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction as one of the oldest and largest events by providing local, national and international artists the opportunity to showcase their creative work and by highlighting the enduring elements and important directions in this distinctly American music. Furthermore, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival is the largest student-run festival in the United States. With a board made of community members to oversee, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire students perform all duties needed in order to support the festival making it one of a kind. 


Festival Events

Student Sessions

Student Sessions are a fantastic opportunity for students to receive feedback directly from jazz professionals. Students gain next-level performance experience that helps to build both confidence in their abilities and passion for the jazz community.

Master Classes

Both students and educators find exceptional value in the insight our world-class jazz masters share through a variety of presentations, performances, and Q&A sessions.

Concert Series 

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival Concert Series hosts 2+ phenomenal guest artists from all over the country. In addition, this event will showcase the best-of-the-best of our regional jazz students. There is no other event like it and it only happens two nights out of the year. Get your tickets!

Jazz Crawl

Grab your friends and join us Friday, April 24th, for Jazz Crawl, where we transform Eau Claire's Barstow Street into the historic New York jazz scene! Explore over 18 indoor/outdoor venues for just a $15 wristband. Proceeds support our Eau Claire Jazz Festival educational programs.

Jazz Crawl
The Eau Claire Jazz Festival

History


The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s school of music offers an outstanding undergraduate education for aspiring musicians, and also serves as a primary cultural resource for northwestern Wisconsin. The Jazz Studies Area, under the direction of Robert Baca, has been recognized internationally. Jazz I ensemble has received the DownBeat Magazine "Best College Big Band" Award five out of the last eight years, and has had two CD recordings nominated for a Grammy Award.

Artistic Director Robert Baca’s dream has been to see this festival reach into the broader community and to become a destination for jazz lovers. To move closer to making that dream a reality, in 2009 the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival was renamed the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. This collaboratively sponsored festival is a community partnership involving the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, area musicians, artists, businesses, schools and community organizations.

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