30th Annual KU Jazz Festival
- Thirty-year anniversary of KU Jazz Festival reunites alumni once forbidden from performing the style (March 2, 2007)
- Friday, March 2, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
- Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
- Cost: $10 - $15
- Age limit: All ages
This year marks the 30th birthday for the KU Jazz Festival, sponsored byKU's Music and Dance Department in the School of Fine Arts. Thefestival, which features educational and performance opportunities forstudents and live concerts for the general public, takes place March2-3, 2007.For three decades, the KU Jazz Festival has been one of the focal pointsfor jazz performance and education in the central United States. Thisnon-competitive event has provided the region an opportunity to hear andlearn from world-class jazz musicians and educators.The Jazz Festival anniversary also coincides with the 35th anniversaryfor the KU Jazz Studies Program. This year's festival will honor thejazz program at KU by featuring various classes and performances byselect KU alumni and former KU jazz directors.Daily master classes and clinics held in Murphy Hall are open to allcollege, high school and junior high/middle school big bands, jazzcombos and vocal jazz ensembles. Students, KU music faculty and KUmusic alumni will perform evening concerts that are open to the generalpublic.Jazz Festival events open to the general public are:Friday, March 2, 2006, 7:30 p.m. Lied Center of Kansas:* KU music alumni Gary Foster, Jon Lewis and Earle Dumler perform with the KU Jazz Ensemble I* KU Jazz Festival Adjudicator All-Star Big Band performs* KU Jazz Combo I and KU Jazz Singers performSaturday, March 3, 2006, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center of Kansas:* KU Jazz Alumni Big Band performs, directed by: Robert Foster, KU professor of music, assistant chair of the Department of Music and Dance and former KU jazz director; James Barnes, KU professor of music theory and composition and former KU jazz director; Ronald McCurdy, former KU jazz director and current jazz studies director at USC; and Dan Gailey. Guest alumni soloists for this concert include Gary Foster, Jon Lewis and Earle Dumler.Tickets for the KU Jazz Festival performances at the Lied Center are$15/general public and $10/students and senior citizens. For tickets,call the Lied Center Box Office at 785-864-2787.More information about the KU Jazz Festival can be found by visitinghttp://people.ku.edu/~dgailey/ or by calling the KU Department of Musicand Dance at 785-864-3436.