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UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz FestivalMusic :: Jazz
UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival
7:30 PM
University of Montana
March 14 & 15, 2019. Thurs & Fri.
7:30 pm concerts both nights in Dennison Theatre feature all-star sextet of guest artists, including Missoula’s own Aric Schneller on trombone, plus UM Jazz Band 1 and top student musicians chosen from the daytime festival workshops.
Tickets at UM Arts 406-243-4581; GrizTix.com and Adams Center Box Office 406-243-4051.
News release with guest artist details:


Contact: Rob Tapper, Director of Jazz Studies; Festival Director
509 - 280 - 2284 Rob Tapper’s cell
406-243-6880 School of Music office

MARCH 14-15, 2019
 (Thursday & Friday)

The University of Montana Jazz Program is excited to announce it will be celebrating the 39th year of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival on March 14-15, 2019 (Thursday and Friday), with daytime activities, masterclasses, two public evening performances and two days of spectacular jazz education.
The University of Montana Jazz Program and the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival will once again welcome to the UM campus some of the greatest international jazz artists along with middle school, high school and college jazz combos and jazz bands from across the Northwest.
The festival will include more than 50 Northwest-area middle school, high school and college jazz ensembles from as far away as Billings and Seattle, all here to learn the language of jazz.

Evening concerts for the public begin at 7:30PM both nights and will be held at the Dennison Theatre on the Missoula campus.

Each concert will feature festival guest artists, the UM Jazz Ensemble I and top student musicians chosen from the daytime performances.

Reserved seat tickets available at GrizTix.com; UMArts Box Office 243-4581; and Adams Center Box Office 243-4051.
Students: $10/night; $15 combo
Seniors: $15/night; $25 combo
General: $25/night; $40 combo

The UM Jazz Festival will bring around 1,200 music students, directors, jazz lovers and artists to Missoula’s campus and community during the two-day event.

The emphasis of this jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language. Additionally, there will be clinics, ensemble critiques, workshops, open rehearsals and master classes with the guest artists.
The Jazz Festival attracts the finest jazz performers as well as educators in the business along with many promising young musicians from around the region, making for great concerts and inspirational jazz education.

We are excited to host a phenomenal crew of artists and educators March 14-15 including: award-winning Doug Stone (sax) from New Orleans; performer/educator Brian Claxton (drum set) from Denver; award-winning composer Matt Harris (piano) from Los Angeles; Missoula’s own Aric Schneller (trombone) from Houston; Chicago’s Ashley Summers (bass) who was a big hit at the 2017 festival; and multi-talented Steve Roach (trumpet) from Sacramento, California.
It is an honor to welcome these artists for this very special event. “Our festival offers a truly educational experience for all - middle school, high school and our own college students,” said Rob Tapper, UM Director of Jazz Studies, professor of trombone, and Director of the Festival. “We take pride in considering this one of the best educational festivals in the country. We have nearly quadrupled the size of the participation over the last 5 years!”
In addition to the educational element of the festival, public performances will electrify the local jazz community. On Friday evening, after the festival concert the guest artists will be performing an After Hours’ session at Plonk Wine Bar, downtown Missoula.
Tickets to the two evening concerts March 14 and 15 will be available at griztix.com ; Adams Center Box Office 243-4051; and
UM Arts Box Office (weekday afternoons) at 243-4581.

For more details on the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival or the UM Jazz Studies Program, please contact Rob Tapper, UM Director of Jazz Studies and festival director, at cell 509-280-2284 or 406-243-6880 at the UM School of Music.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: University of Montana
Address: 32 Campus Drive, Dennison Theatre Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-6880

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