2015 Jazz Festival

The 2015 Festival will be held February 26-28. More information is coming soon.


The 2014 Jazz Festival was held February 20-22, 2014.

The NAU Jazz Festival is a non-competitive arena for middle school, high school, and junior college musicians. This type of festival creates a relaxed atmosphere that promotes education as opposed to competition. Big bands and combos perform for adjudicators to receive ratings and/or comments. Following the performances, most groups will participate in feedback clinics with our adjudicators.

This year will be the 52nd annual NAU Jazz Festival. Approximately 50 bands will perform in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium over the 3 days of the festival. Participating band performances and scheduled clinics are free and open to the public. Please join us in supporting the talented students attending and performing at the festival. This year’s featured guest artist is pianist/composer/arranger Matt Harris. Matt is an award-winning jazz artist noted for his work with Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson among others. He is currently co-director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Northridge and his music is performed by big bands around the world.

There will be a special concert featuring the music of Matt Harris and Matt on piano with NAU Jazz Ensemble One on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Matt Harris

Tickets are available through the Central Ticket Office.
$15 students/$20 adults in advance or $20/$25 at the door. 
Local Phone: 928-523-5661
Toll Free: 888-520-7214

Read more about Matt Harris.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s adjudicators will be Paul Brewer, Rich Eames, Fred Forney, Tom Peterson, Gary Solt, and Raul Yanez.

For more information about the Festival please contact NAU Jazz Studies at 928-523-3779 or email Jazz.Studies@nau.edu.

The linked schedule (above) outlines participating band performances, guest artist masterclass, and clinics with NAU Music faculty. All previously mentioned events are free and open to the public.